Empowering Black Teen Girls Regarding Sexual Health

Empowering Black Teen Girls Regarding Sexual Health

Verocica Weser, Associate Research Scientist, play4REAL XR Lab at the Yale School of MedicineTrack 2 HEALTHCARE

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Black teen girls between the ages of 14 and 19 are more than twice as likely than White girls to be diagnosed with an STI. Alarmingly, STIs are associated with an increase in the risk for HIV acquisition up to fivefold.

For this reason, the Yale School of Medicine developed a multiplayer videogame intervention designed to encourage Black teen girls to practice communicating about self- and partner-STI testing and condom use, as well as promoting high standards for partner selection.

To ensure the intervention reflects the lived experiences of Black teen girls, we conducted focus groups through Zoom to inform the development of our videogame. Our aim is to create an engaging social gaming experience that communicates the risks of HIV and STIs in a manner that resonates with lived dating experiences and empowers Black teen girls to seek out healthy relationships.

By the end of this session, participants will learn strategies for running focus groups that can inform the development of evidence-informed, culturally tailored videogame interventions. The audience will also learn how Black teen girls use social media to inform their navigation of potential dating and relationship partners. Attendees will learn how Black teen girls conceptualize dating in the era of social media and how social media is used to engage in romantic relationships. In addition, participants will learn how multiplayer games can be used to stimulate peer learning and dialogue about issues related to healthy relationships, partner communication and sexual health.

By the end of this session, participants will learn strategies for running focus groups that can inform the development of evidence-informed, culturally tailored videogame interventions.

Specifically, the audience will learn how Black teen girls use social media to inform their navigation of potential dating and relationship partners.

Attendees will learn how Black teen girls conceptualize dating in the era of social media and how social media is used to engage in romantic relationships. In addition, participants will learn how multiplayer games can be used to stimulate peer learning and dialogue about issues related to healthy relationships, partner communication, and sexual health.

Thu 12:00 am - 12:00 am
HEALTHCARE, USING GAMES IN K-12