Sex Talk: Designing for Sexual Health with Adolescents

Wood, Matt, Wood, Gavin and Balaam, Madeline (2017) Sex Talk: Designing for Sexual Health with Adolescents. In: IDC '17 - 16th Interaction Design and Children Conference, 27th - 30th June 2017, California, USA.

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design, Sexuality, Young People, User-Centered Design
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G500 Information Systems
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Gavin Wood
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 14:38
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 07:07

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