Teenagers, Sexual Health Information and the Digital Age examines the online resources available on teenagers, including games and digital interventions. In addition, it highlights current issues such as sexting and pornography. Information needs and provisions are examined, and existing sexual health interventions and digital interventions are discussed, gathering both teenagers' and sexual health professionals' views on these services. In addition to a review of the current literature on sexual health and teenagers, the book examines groups of teenagers, particularly those vulnerable to risky sex and asks what are the predictors of these behaviors and what can be done to address the behaviors.
Finally, the book will also provide reflections and practical advice on the ethical issues associated with research in this context.
- Provides guidance on the ethical issues with research associated with this topic
- Covers both teenagers' information needs as well as their existing levels of knowledge
- Assesses how teenagers engage with, and evaluate, sexual health information
- Addresses the challenges inherent in the online environment, such as unreliable and misleading information
2. Current research on sexual health and teenagers
3. Sexual health education in schools and digital interventions
4. Sexual health professional views of sexual health education
5. Ethical issues when researching teenagers and sexual health
6. Teenagers views of sexual health education
7. Predictors of risky sexual behaviours for female teenagers
8. Teenagers views of sexual health education websites and apps
9. A brief online intervention to promote safe sex intentions
10. Reflections and conclusions
Dr. McKellar received her PhD from Northumbria University. Her research interests include teenagers' knowledge and beliefs of sexual health intervention programs, including risky behaviors specifically using technology, such as cyber bullying and sexting behaviors. Her research explores teenagers' beliefs, knowledge and attitudes towards sexual health, leading to a sexual health intervention program aimed at reducing the amount of unplanned pregnancies and STIs in the teenage population.
Elizabeth Sillence is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University, UK and a founding member of the PaCT Lab (http://www.pactlab.org.uk). Her research interests are centred around trust and social exchange within e-health environments and she is currently examining the role of online patient experience on behaviour and decision making. Liz has published over 50 articles on trust, advice, decision making and online communication and has also written on ethical issues in mobile human-computer-interaction.