Assessment of low-income adults' access to technology: implications for nutrition education.

TitleAssessment of low-income adults' access to technology: implications for nutrition education.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsNeuenschwander LM, Abbott A, Mobley AR
JournalJournal of nutrition education and behavior
Date Published2012 Jan-Feb
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Chi-Square Distribution, Cross-Sectional Studies, Health Education, Humans, Internet, Microcomputers, Middle Aged, Nutrition Assessment, Poverty, Questionnaires

OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this study was to investigate access and use of technologies such as the Internet among Indiana's low-income population. The secondary objective was to determine whether access and use of computers significantly differed by age, race, and/or education level.

METHODS: Data were collected from low-income adult Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education participants for a 2-year period using a cross-sectional questionnaire about access and use of technology.

RESULTS: Approximately 50% of the total respondents (n = 1,620) indicated that they had a working computer in their home, and of those, the majority (78%) had a high-speed Internet connection. Chi-square analysis revealed that younger adults who were white and had more education were more likely to have a computer (P < .001) and Internet.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: The results of this study provide evidence that using Internet-based nutrition education in a low-income population is a viable and possibly cost-effective option.

Alternate JournalJ Nutr Educ Behav
PubMed ID21924959
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