Parental Health Literacy and Children’s Mental Health Outcomes

Low health literacy has been identified by previous research as an important factor linked to negative health outcomes. However, there has been little research done looking at the relationship between parental health literacy and children’s mental health outcomes, particularly in Asian American immigrant families, despite the fact that parents are a major determinant of their children’s physical and mental health outcomes. As Asian Americans make up a significant portion of the immigrant population in the U.S. and in Minnesota, it is important to gain a better understanding of the impact of parental health literacy on child mental health. This presentation will address the status of Asian American immigrant parents’ health literacy levels within the US, as well as how their health literacy relates to utilization of counseling services in the past year and their children’s depressive symptoms. The presentation will help health care professionals customize educational messages, culturally competent practices, and future intervention strategies aimed to raise parental health literacy regarding their children, which will ultimately enhance their children’s mental health and welfare.

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Dr. Hee Yun Lee, PhD

Dr. Hee Yun Lee, PhD

Dr. Hee Yun Lee, PhD, is a behavioral health scientist and her major research areas are health behavior change intervention using mobile health (mHealth) technology. Combining mHealth technology and a community-based participatory research approach, she is developing and testing intervention programs to promote cancer screening behavior and to increase health and cancer literacy. Her integration of mHealth technology and existing health behavior theories into intervention strategies provides an opportunity to investigate mHealth’s potential to render positive behavior change in typically underserved and difficult-to-reach minority groups