The Development of a Community-Based Adolescent Health Promotion Social Media Intervention
Abstract: Background Engagement in preventive health behaviors, namely healthy eating, physical activity, and sleep, during adolescence are low. Practices of these preventive health behaviors are even worse for adolescents who are low-income, racial minorities. Given that adolescents who are disadvantaged face increased health risks, efforts to engage this population in health promotion interventions ... read moreare critical. Theoretical Considerations Theories of adolescent development, including decision-making about health behaviors, health self-concept formation, and social development were used to derive a theory of adolescent health behavioral change for the current intervention. Method Four focus groups with adolescents were conducted to ascertain adolescent engagement in preventive health behaviors, media use, and adolescent motivation for behavioral change. Focus group results and extant intervention efforts were coalesced in the design of a developmentally grounded, tailored, health promotion social media intervention. Evaluation and Assessment Measures to assess intervention efficacy and test the intervention theory of change are described.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2016.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Study and Human Development.
Advisor: Sasha Fleary.
Committee: Tama Leventhal, and Lisa Gualtieri.
Keywords: Social research, and Public health.read less
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