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J Am Coll Health. 2018 Apr;66(3):165-177. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2017.1393822. Epub 2018 Jan 9.

Examining the efficacy of an mHealth media literacy education program for sexual health promotion in older adolescents attending community college.

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a Innovation Research & Training , Durham , NC , USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the feasibility of a mobile health (mHealth), media literacy education program, Media Aware, for improving sexual health outcomes in older adolescent community college students.

PARTICIPANTS:

184 community college students (ages 18-19) participated in the study from April-December 2015.

METHODS:

Eight community college campuses were randomly assigned to either the intervention or a wait-list control group. Student participants from each campus completed web-based pretest and posttest questionnaires. Intervention group students received Media Aware in between questionnaires.

RESULTS:

Several intervention effects of the Media Aware program were significant, including reducing older adolescents' self-reported risky sexual behaviors; positively affecting knowledge, attitudes, normative beliefs, and intentions related to sexual health; and increasing media skepticism. Some gender differences in the findings were revealed.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results from this study suggest that Media Aware is a promising means of delivering comprehensive sexual health education to older adolescents attending community college.

KEYWORDS:

Community college; mHealth; media literacy; sexual health

PMID:
29068772
PMCID:
PMC5843508
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2017.1393822
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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