Internet-delivered interventions aimed at adolescents: a Delphi study on dissemination and exposure

R Crutzen, J de Nooijer, Wendy Brouwer, A Oenema, J Brug, NK de Vries

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It appears that in practice exposure to Internet-delivered behaviour change interventions, encouraging a healthy lifestyle for adolescents with regard to health risk behaviours, is quite low. There is, however, a lack of evidence-based insight into how to disseminate such interventions and how to reach optimal exposure. A more extensive exploration is therefore timely since this knowledge is crucial to improve the public health impact of such interventions. By means of a three-round Delphi study factors associated with dissemination of and exposure (first visit, stay long enough and revisit) to Internet-delivered interventions aimed at adolescents had been identified, as well as the extent to which experts agree on the importance of these factors. Results showed that there was a high rate of consensus among experts from several disciplines with regard to the importance of factors like word of mouth recommendation, the interface of the intervention and utilization of all features provided by the Internet. Experts do not agree, however, on a gold standard for successful dissemination. Overall, the results of this exploration serve as a handle for the formation of further research questions to be tested and answered in research among adolescents.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)427-439
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Education Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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