Measures of Information Seeking: A Validation Study in the Context of Nonmedical Drug Use Behaviors

Nehama Lewis, Lourdes S. Martinez, Ofer Carmel

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Abstract

Health information is readily available and easily obtained from a variety of media and interpersonal sources. Although several studies have examined health-related information seeking, a comprehensive validation study of this measure is still needed. This study uses a longitudinal cohort study of Israeli university students (N = 800) aged 18–30, and a cross-sectional sample of U.S. college students (N = 498) to validate measures of information seeking about the nonmedical use of two drugs (marijuana and amphetamines) from a range of media and interpersonal sources. Information seeking measures for both drug types showed good convergent, discriminant, nomological, and test-retest validity. Results offer support for the use of these measures as valid indicators of the constructs for which they were designed. Implications for the use of these measures in future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-288
Number of pages23
JournalCommunication Methods and Measures
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2017

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