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|Taheri A.; Yousefianzadeh O.; Saeedizadeh M.
A qualitative study of the health information seeking behaviour of adolescent girls in Iran indicates that public libraries could help supply information required about puberty
Taheri A.; Yousefianzadeh O.; Saeedizadeh M. A qualitative study of the health information seeking behaviour of adolescent girls in Iran indicates that public libraries could help supply information required about puberty,Health Information and Libraries Journal 39 3
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|Introduction: The present study aimed to identify the puberty related information seeking behaviour of adolescent female members of Zarrinshahr public libraries. Methodology: Using a phenomenology approach, this study sought to identify the puberty related information seeking behaviours for a population of female adolescent public library patrons located in the Middle East. The data were collected via event based interviews and the samples were selected by purposeful sampling method. After converting the audio to text, the transcripts were imported into MAXQDA 10, they were coded and then, the relevant categories were extracted. Results: The information needs of girls experiencing puberty were identified and divided into four thematic categories: health issues, psychological issues, religious issues (religious precepts), and issues related to physical activity. Girls get this information from a variety of resources such as people, the Internet, social networks, documents, and libraries. The process of information seeking is so problematic for them because they are faced with content, family, social, and financial barriers and mainly lack Internet literacy and search skills. Conclusion: Health information seeking constitutes the main part of adolescent girls’ daily lives. Identification of adolescent girls’ health information needs, the main channels of information seeking, and the barriers the girls face while information seeking can help public libraries adopt the right policies regarding the provision of health information services. © 2022 Health Libraries Group.
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|Urban and Territorial Renovation
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