A1 Journal article (refereed)
Health-related resources and social support as enablers of digital device use among older Finns (2024)

Eronen, J., Portegijs, E., & Rantanen, T. (2024). Health-related resources and social support as enablers of digital device use among older Finns. Journal of Public Health, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10389-024-02241-y

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All authors or editorsEronen, Johanna; Portegijs, Erja; Rantanen, Taina

Journal or seriesJournal of Public Health



Publication year2024

Publication date27/03/2024

VolumeEarly online


Publication countryGermany

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/94228


Older adults show considerable diversity in their use of digital devices, e.g., computers, tablets, and smart phones: some are non-users, some are learning to use them, and some use them fuently. The factors contributing to older adults’ digital device use are likely to difer between learners and fuent users. This paper examines whether diferent socioeconomic and health-related factors are associated with diferent levels of digital device use among older Finnish men and women.
Subject and methods
Data from 750 community-dwelling men and women were collected with face-to-face interviews and postal questionnaires and analyzed using multinomial logistic regression analysis.
Younger age, presence of social support, and being partnered were associated with being a learner in digital device use, and higher education, a higher occupational status in working age, and higher health literacy were associated with being a fuent digital device user. Poor self-rated health was negatively associated with being a fuent user.
Fluent digital device users have personal resources, such as higher education, good health, and high health literacy, that contribute to their digital skills. Social resources are important enablers for those learning to use digital devices.

Keywordstechnologyhealthageinghealth literacysocioeconomic status

Free keywordstechnology; aging; health; health literacy; socioeconomic

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Reporting Year2024

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