Can Technology Decrease Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Young People? The Results of a Study Examining the Effectiveness of a Mobile Application Intervention to Reduce Sexual Risk Behaviors among College Students
Methods: One hundred eighteen college students completed all (pre-test, intervention, and post-test) aspects of the study. All data and program activities were collected/completed using a mobile application intervention.
Results: At post-test 96% of participants showed an increase in contraceptive use knowledge (p= .000). Attitudes toward contraceptive use significantly shifted in a positive direction from pre-to post-test as well (p= .000). Participants did not show a statistically significant change in intention to reduce sexual risk behaviors or actual risk reduction.
Conclusions: The findings provide guidance for fostering protective behaviors for sexually active college students. Institutions seeking to implement similar programs may consider developing mobile application prevention interventions for college students using theoretical principles and input from intervention recipients.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Describe the benefits of using a mobile application intervention to reduce sexual risk behaviors among college students. Assess the effectiveness of a mobile application intervention designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors among college students.
Keyword(s): College Students, Sexual Risk Behavior
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs targeting high risk health behaviors. I also serve as a program evaluator and consultant on programs addressing sexual risk behaviors and sexual assault and sexual harassment in various populations including college students and the military.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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