What young people want from health-related online resources: a focus group study

Fergie, G. , Hunt, K. and Hilton, S. (2013) What young people want from health-related online resources: a focus group study. Journal of Youth Studies, 16(5), pp. 579-596. (doi: 10.1080/13676261.2012.744811)

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The growth of the Internet as an information source about health, particularly amongst young people, is well established. The aim of this study was to explore young people's perceptions and experiences of engaging with health-related online content, particularly through social media websites. Between February and July 2011 nine focus groups were facilitated across Scotland with young people aged between 14 and 18 years. Health-related user-generated content seems to be appreciated by young people as a useful, if not always trustworthy, source of accounts of other people's experiences. The reliability and quality of both user-generated content and official factual content about health appear to be concerns for young people, and they employ specialised strategies for negotiating both areas of the online environment. Young people's engagement with health online is a dynamic area for research. Their perceptions and experiences of health-related content seem based on their wider familiarity with the online environment and, as the online environment develops, so too do young people's strategies and conventions for accessing it.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hunt, Professor Kathryn and Hilton, Professor Shona and Fergie, Dr Gillian
Authors: Fergie, G., Hunt, K., and Hilton, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Journal of Youth Studies
ISSN (Online):1469-9680
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis
First Published:First published in the Journal of Youth Studies 16(5):579-596
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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