Smartphones more effective in teaching sexual health to teen girls

Smartphones more effective in teaching sexual health to teen girls

New York, Sep 9 (IANS) Smartphones have been found to be more effective in providing information to teenage girls about sexual health than traditional methods, a study has found.

“We found that a smartphone application is a feasible sexual health educational tool that is appealing to teenage girls. In fact, our participants recommended the application as a valuable resource to learn about comprehensive sexual health,” said Lynae M. Brayboy, researcher at the Brown University in the US.

For their research, published in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Brayboy and her team recruited 39 girls aged 12 to 17 to participate in a two-phase prospective study.

In phase one, 22 girls assessed a sexual health questionnaire in focus groups. In phase two, 17 girls used the Girl Talk application for two weeks and answered the revised sexual health questionnaire and interview questions before and after the application use.

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

The researchers explained that Girl Talk was used on average during participants’ free time on weekends. The reported usefulness of Girl Talk as a sexual health application increased significantly from baseline (35.3 per cent) to follow-up (94.1 per cent).

“More than three-quarters of the participants were exposed to sexual health education before using Girl Talk, but 94.1 per cent of participants stated that the application provided new and more detailed information than health classes,” Brayboy added.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here