ERIC Number: EJ1054181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Adolescent-Friendly Technologies as Potential Adjuncts for Health Promotion
Dietrich, Janan J.; Coetzee, Jenny; Otwombe, Kennedy; Hornschuh, Stefanie; Mdanda, Sanele; Nkala, Busisiwe; Makongoza, Matamela; Tshabalala, Celokhuhle; Soon, Christine N.; Kaida, Angela; Hogg, Robert; Gray, Glenda E.; Miller, Cari L.
Health Education, v114 n4 p304-318 2014
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to measure prevalence and predictors of mobile phone access and use among adolescents in Soweto, South Africa. Design/Methodology/Approach: The current study was an interviewer-administered, cross-sectional survey among adolescents 14-19 years living in a hyper-endemic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) setting in South Africa. Findings: Of 830 participants; 57 per cent were female. The median age was 18 years (IQR: 17-18). Mobile phone access was high (91 per cent). Almost half of participants (42 per cent) spent more than five hours daily using their mobile phones. Two-thirds (62 per cent) had access to the internet, most (84 per cent) accessed the internet via their mobile phones. Mobile phone access was more likely amongst Sotho language speakers (aOR: 2.87, 95 per cent CI: 1.30-6.36), those living in formal housing (aOR: 3.55, 95 per cent CI: 1.97-6.42) and those who reported heterosexual orientation (aOR: 2.37, CI: 1.35-4.16). Originality/Value: This study substantially contributes to the literature about mobile phones usage and patterns among school-going adolescents in Soweto, South Africa.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Adolescents, Incidence, Predictor Variables, Case Studies, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Health Promotion, Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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