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Alcohol Text Messages: A Developmental Study


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Robinson, M, Wilkinson, RB, Fletcher, R, Bruno, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6673-833X, Baker, AL, Maher, L, Wroe, J and Dunlop, AJ 2017 , 'Alcohol Text Messages: A Developmental Study' , International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction , pp. 1-15 , doi: 10.1007/s11469-017-9835-y.

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Risky paternal alcohol use is associated with maternal alcohol use during pregnancy, poor fetal and infant outcomes, domestic violence and depression. This study developed 30 SMS text messages about alcohol for fathers who drink at risky levels. The text messages were developed using two motivational styles: messages presented in a second person voice and the same messages presented in a child’s voice. Fifty-one fathers were recruited through social media to complete an online survey rating the SMS text messages for message importance and likelihood of seeking further information and measuring risky alcohol use and psychosocial distress. Seventeen participants then participated in a semi-structured qualitative interview. Fathers rated the text messages presented in the child’s voice as more important than messages presented in the second person. Qualitative data supported survey results that motivational SMS text messages could provide an acceptable way to raise awareness of risky alcohol consumption for future fathers.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Robinson, M and Wilkinson, RB and Fletcher, R and Bruno, R and Baker, AL and Maher, L and Wroe, J and Dunlop, AJ
Keywords: alcohol, fathers, pregnancy, messages, cell phones
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
ISSN: 1557-1874
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s11469-017-9835-y
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Copyright The Author(s) 2017. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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