A social media program to increase adolescent seat belt use
Public Health and Recreation
Public Health Education and Promotion | Social Media
Public Health Nursing
In response to motor vehicle crashes remaining the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, a nursing clinical group (n = 10) in conjunction with a local hospital injury prevention program created an educational campaign to bolster seat belt use. The nursing students created an Instagram account to serve as an educational tool to promote seat belt use among teenagers aged 14–19, and the program was presented at three high school health fairs. In all, 135 postings were made to the account over a 3-month period. The number of likes posted by high school students was the unit of analysis. The most significant result (p = .01) was the difference between postings most liked (celebrities wearing seat belts) and least liked (postings made at the high school health fair), otherwise, differences among postings liked (humor postings, response requests, pictures of celebrities, factual data) were not significant. Instagram user engagement, measured in number of likes, is indicative that social media provides platforms to promote injury prevention efforts. Further research is needed to identify measurable elements of social media and to follow-up on behavioral changes following participation.
adolescents, injury prevention, motor vehicle crash, seat belt use, social media
Stacy A. Drake, Ni Zhang, Courtney Applewhite, Katherine Fowler, and John B. Holcomb. "A social media program to increase adolescent seat belt use" Public Health Nursing (2017): 500-504. https://doi.org/10.1111/phn.12342