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Leveraging Text Messaging and Mobile Technology to Support Pediatric Obesity-Related Behavior Change: A Qualitative Study Using Parent Focus Groups and Interviews
by Mona Sharifi, Eileen M Dryden, Christine M Horan, Sarah Price, Richard Marshall, Karen Hacker, Jonathan A Finkelstein, Elsie M Taveras
(Published on 06 Dec 2013)
Background: Text messaging (short message service, SMS) is a widely accessible and potentially cost-effective medium for encouraging behavior change. Few studies have examined text messaging interventions to influence child health behaviors or explored parental perceptions of mobile technologies to support behavior change among children. Objective: Our aim was to examine parental acceptability and preferences for text messaging to support pediatric obesity-related behavior change. Methods: We conducted focus groups and follow-up interviews with parents of overweight and obese children, aged 6-12 years, seen for “well-child” care in eastern Massachusetts. A professional moderator used a semistructured discussion guide and sample text messages to catalyze group discussions....
Initial Design of Culturally Informed Behavioral Intervention Technologies: Developing an mHealth Intervention for Young Sexual Minority Men With Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depression
by Michelle Nicole Burns, Enid Montague, David C Mohr
(Published on 05 Dec 2013)
Background: To our knowledge, there is no well-articulated process for the design of culturally informed behavioral intervention technologies. Objective: This paper describes the early stages of such a process, illustrated by the methodology for the ongoing development of a behavioral intervention technology targeting generalized anxiety disorder and major depression among young sexual minority men. Methods: We integrated instructional design for Internet behavioral intervention technologies with greater detail on information sources that can identify user needs in understudied populations, as well as advances in the understanding of technology-specific behavioral intervention technology dimensions that may need to be culturally tailored. Results: General psychological theory describing...
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