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Sex talk: Designing for sexual health with adolescents

Lookup NU author(s): Matthew Wood, Gavin Wood, Dr Madeline Balaam



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© 2017 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). In this paper, we describe a user-centred design process, where we engaged with 58 adolescents over an 18-month period to design and evaluate a multiplayer mobile game which prompts peer-led interactions around sex and sexuality. Engagement with our design process, and response to our game, has been enthusiastic, highlighting the rich opportunities for HCI to contribute constructively to how HCI may contribute to sexual health in adolescents. Based on our experiences we discuss three lessons learnt: lightweight digital approaches can be extremely successful at facilitating talk among young people about sex; sharing control of the conversation between all stakeholders is a fair and achievable approach; even problematic interactions can be opportunities to talk about sex.

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Author(s): Wood M, Wood G, Balaam M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: IDC 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 137-147

Online publication date: 27/06/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 09/08/2017

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc


DOI: 10.1145/3078072.3079747

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781450349215