Analyzing Text Messages Regarding Adolescent Sexual Health Public Deposited

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  • February 28, 2019
  • McDaniel, Sarah
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Maternal and Child Health
  • Sexual and reproductive health during adolescence has been historically overlooked in education, policy, and research. The United States has one of the highest rates of STI transmission and pregnancy among teenagers of developed nations, underscoring the need for comprehensive sexual health information available to teens. Barriers such as embarrassment and perceived lack of confidentiality prevent adolescents from seeking answers to questions about sex, development, and relationships from parents and medical professionals. Services that provide information in a text message format can overcome these barriers. BrdsNBz is a two-way text messaging service that allows adolescents to send anonymous questions to trained health educators who provide personalized, confidential, and factually accurate answers to questions regarding sexual health. This analysis coded the 2,171 text messages that were sent to BrdsNBz North Carolina from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014. Text messages regarding contraception, pregnancy, and relationships were further sub-coded to understand what concerns about sexual health and related topics from adolescents ages 13 to 19 years old in North Carolina.
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  • Paper type: Original research
  • Fernandez, Claudia
  • Master of Public Health
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2015
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