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ERIC Number: EJ1203275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-6128
Late Adolescent User Experiences with Online Sexual Health Resources: A Qualitative Study
Starling, Mary Summer; Cheshire, Coye; Deardorff, Julianna; Nuru-Jeter, Amani
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v13 n4 p487-503 2018
Adolescents rely on the internet as a primary source for sexual health information. Understanding users' assessments of trust and credibility in online materials may help inform interventions. Cognitive interviews with web observations were conducted with late adolescent internet users (n = 30). Web activity was tracked and transcripts analyzed using modified grounded theory. Sexual health information is found online without attempts to locate specific websites. Personal stories are preferred for learning about sexual identity. Teen-friendly-styled sites were avoided. Information found online was validated with sexuality education and life experiences. Practitioners and educators should prioritize developing online cues that communicate credibility to adolescents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 132270