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J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2017 Feb;30(1):23-28. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2016.06.011. Epub 2016 Jul 5.

Girl Talk: A Smartphone Application to Teach Sexual Health Education to Adolescent Girls.

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Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Electronic address: Lynae_Brayboy@brown.edu.
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Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island; School of Public Health at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
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Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island.
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Department of Urban Education, School of Education, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harbor-University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.
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Gender Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom.
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Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

Produce Girl Talk, a free smartphone application containing comprehensive sexual health information, and determine the application's desirability and appeal among teenage girls.

DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, AND INTERVENTIONS:

Thirty-nine girls ages 12 to 17 years from Rhode Island participated in a 2-phase prospective study. In phase I, 22 girls assessed a sexual health questionnaire in focus groups. In phase II, 17 girls with iPhones used Girl Talk for 2 weeks and answered the revised sexual health questionnaire and interview questions before and after use.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Participants' responses to the sexual health questionnaire, interviews, and time viewing the application were used to determine feasibility and desirability of Girl Talk.

RESULTS:

Girl Talk was used on average for 48 minutes during participants' free time on weekends for 10- to 15-minute intervals. Reported usefulness of Girl Talk as a sexual health application from baseline (6 participants) to follow-up (16 participants) increased significantly (35.3% vs 94.1%; P < .001). Knowledge improved most in topics related to anatomy and physiology (70.5% to 74.7% out of 7 questions), sexuality and relationships (76.5% to 80.0% out of 10 questions), and STI prevention (75.6% to 79.0% out of 7 questions). Most phase II participants (13 out of 17, or 76.5%) were exposed to sexual health education before using Girl Talk, but 16 out of 17 participants (94.1%) stated that the application provided new and/or more detailed information than health classes.

CONCLUSION:

Girl Talk can potentially connect teenage girls to more information about sexual health vs traditional methods, and participants recommended the application as a valuable resource to learn about comprehensive sexual health.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent; Health care smartphone applications; Health education; Prospective studies; Reproductive health; Sexual behavior; Sexually transmitted diseases; Surveys and questionnaires

PMID:
27393638
PMCID:
PMC5613288
DOI:
10.1016/j.jpag.2016.06.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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