Health literacy in adolescents: an integrative review

J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2014 Jul;19(3):210-8. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12072. Epub 2014 Mar 11.


Purpose: To determine the state of the science of health literacy instruments and interventions for use in adolescents.

Conclusions: There is a scarcity of literature regarding health literacy instruments and interventions for adolescents. Ten studies were included in the final table for analysis. One instrument shows high validity and reliability in English. Most interventions are exploratory, with two studies showing significant outcomes.

Practice implications: More research is needed to establish the appropriate evaluation of and effective interventions for health literacy in adolescents.

Keywords: Adolescent; child; health education; health knowledge; health literacy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Health
  • Canada
  • Child
  • Chronic Disease / nursing*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Education / organization & administration*
  • Health Literacy / methods*
  • Health Literacy / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • United States
  • Young Adult