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What Parents Want: Designing an Interactive Web-Based Program to Improve Parent-Adolescent Communication About Sex

Johnson, Abigail (2012) What Parents Want: Designing an Interactive Web-Based Program to Improve Parent-Adolescent Communication About Sex. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Background: Parent-child communication is associated with decreased adolescent sexual risk-taking. To date, interventions targeting parent-child communication have been delivered via face-to-face formats. However, online interventions offer several advantages: cost, reach, program fidelity, anonymity and opportunity for individualized feedback.

Objective: The present study sought to identify parents’ preferences regarding interactive features for a web-based program to improve parent-child communication about sex.

Methods: We conducted seven focus groups with parents (n=29) in Allegheny County, PA to identify their preferences for interactive features to be included in the web program.

Results: Parents identified four main interactive features: Ask the Expert, Chat Rooms, Supplementary Information Delivery Modes and Links to Face-to-Face Programming. Parents were interested in receiving individualized feedback regarding their questions/concerns, as well as online peer support. They were also interested in receiving information through other communication tools (texts, email, mail) and having the program connect them to face-to-face programs or seminars. Lastly, parents expressed their desire that the web intervention include a component for children.

Conclusions: Understanding what interactive features parents want can help optimize program completion and satisfaction.

Public Health Significance: Web-based programs have the potential to reach a large number of parents equipping them with new knowledge and skills to influence their adolescent’s sexual health behaviors.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Johnson, Abigailabbey.p.johnson@gmail.com
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberAkers, Alethaaakers@mail.magee.edu
Committee MemberBurke, Jessicajgburke@pitt.eduJGBURKE
Committee MemberCharron-Prochownik, Denisedcpro@pitt.eduDCPRO
Thesis AdvisorFriedman, Markmsf11@pitt.eduMSF11
Date: 2 July 2012
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 5 April 2012
Approval Date: 2 July 2012
Submission Date: 4 April 2012
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 47
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescents, Web-based programs, Parents, Sex
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2012 14:26
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:57
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11878

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