Structural modelling and assessment of health literacy in allergy prevention of new parents

Parents need appropriate health literacy (HL) in the field of early childhood allergy prevention (ECAP) to be able to prevent the development of allergies in newborns responsibly and effectively. To this end, parents must be able to know the allergy-related health status and risk factors, formulate questions that can be answered, search for and find relevant health information, evaluate its evidence content, translate the conclusions into actions for the ECAP and evaluate their effects.

The definition of the ECAP-HL construct and its sub-components is fundamental to the diagnosis and evaluation of ECAP-HL. On this basis, a multi-dimensional instrument for recording and analysing parental skills is being developed.

Study objectives

The goals of the subproject are:

1. Identification of a comprehensive structural model of the construct ECAP-HL. When modelling ECAP-HL, the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour of parents who are subject to adjustment processes in the early parenthood phase must be taken into account.

2. Development of a multidimensional assessment tool to measure central facets of ECAP-HL of new parents.

3. Validation of the multidimensional assessment and evaluation of psychometric and diagnostic characteristics.

The results of this project are directly related to"Epidemiology“, which also aims to quantify the ECAP-HL of new parents.
Within the HELICAP network, this sub-project enables the exchange of information for the development of a common understanding and definition of the construct ECAP-HL.