Social patterning of sexual health information and the ‘digital divide’
Information about health issues is gathered and developed from a whole range of sources and networks. There is increasing interest in the opportunities presented by social media for sexual health intervention, and the possible limits from a digital divide, whereby those in more deprived areas, and often more at risk, could be least likely to engage or benefit from such internet-based interventions. As well as this, it is possible that a focus on health literacy could have a positive impact on health outcomes and interest has been growing in the potential for sexual health literacy as a health promotion tool. This qualitative PhD project aims to explore how young people from a range of backgrounds seek, understand and assess online sexual health information.
Susan Martin started her studentship in September 2013 and is currently analysing and writing up her findings.