Digital Health Literacy and Health-Related Well-Being Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Socioeconomic Status Among University Students in Hong Kong and Macao

Padmore Adusei AMOAH, Angela Y. M. LEUNG*, Laurence Lloyd PARIAL, Angela Chiu Yin POON, Henry Hoi-Yee TONG, Wai-I NG, Xiang LI, Eliza Mi Ling WONG, Patrick Pui Kin KOR, Alex MOLASSIOTIS

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The current study examined the moderating role of socioeconomic status (SES) in the association between digital health literacy (DHL) and psychological well-being of 801 university students in Hong Kong and Macao amid the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Results showed that DHL and SES were positively associated with psychological well-being. Surprisingly, SES negatively modified the relationship between DHL and psychological well-being. We argue that while attempts are being made to improve the well-being through DHL among students and others alike, a one-size-fits-all approach would not suffice because of diversity in students’ socioeconomic backgrounds.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101053952110122
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Early online date10 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 May 2021

Bibliographical note

We obtained ethics approval from the Human Subjects Ethics Sub-committee of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Reference No. HSEARS20200407001).

Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • digital healthy literacy
  • psychological well-being
  • socioeconomic status
  • university students
  • Hong Kong
  • Macao

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