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Mobile Phones and Health Communication for Young Adults: An Exploratory Case Study about Incorporating Text messaging in Pregnancy Care Support in Edmonton Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Participant observation
Edmonton
Texting
Youth pregnancy
Technology acceptance
Reproductive health
Qualitative research
Descriptive
SMS
FrontlineSMS
Text messaging
Unplanned pregnancies
Youth
Exploratory
Young adults
Technology adoption
FLSMS
Text message
Canada
Edmonton non-profits
Health communication
Mobile phone culture
Case study
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Keller, Angela Maria
Supervisor and department
Gow, Gordon (Faculty of Extension)
Examining committee member and department
Ritcher, Solina (Faculty of Nursing)
Adria, Marco (Faculty of Extension)
Varnhagen, Stanley (Faculty of Extension)
Gow, Gordon (Faculty of Extension)
Department
Faculty of Extension
Specialization
Communications and Technology
Date accepted
2013-01-29T09:50:04Z
Graduation date
2013-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Research shows that reproductive health initiatives for youth, using SMS (texting), are successful worldwide. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore and describe how introducing SMS in an agency supporting people facing unplanned pregnancies in Edmonton could enhance agency-client relationships. Six counselors and six young adult clients were individually interviewed. Findings exposed that adopting a technology in a non-profit agency is a complex process, where technological, social, economic, cultural, and personal factors all play a key role. The clients belong to the mobile phone culture and were open to receiving relevant SMS from the agency; however, the counselors did not adopt SMS because of their beliefs and behaviors towards this technology. This study reveals that introducing SMS to the agency did not improve the agency-client relationships, but it could if the service becomes useful for clients. Further research in this area is needed and would be valuable.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3J98Z
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