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Human factors multi-technique approach to teenage engagement in digital technologies health research

Lang, Alexandra R.; Craven, Michael P.; Atkinson, Sarah; Simons, Lucy; Cobb, Sue; Mazzola, Marco


Sarah Atkinson

Lucy Simons

Associate Professor

Marco Mazzola


Linda Little

Daniel Fitton

Beth T. Bell

Nicola Toth


This chapter explores the use of multi-techniques for teenage HCI health research. Through four case studies we present information about adolescents as users of healthcare services and technologies, adolescent personal development and the human factors approaches through which teenagers have been involved in healthcare research projects. In each case study; comprising of the design or evaluation of a new digital technology for supporting health or well-being, the techniques used by researchers to involve teenagers are explored and analysed. The case studies examine various aspects of technology design and use including but not limited to usability, acceptability and learnability. The penultimate section of the chapter presents a ‘Schema for Multi-technique HCI Health Research with Teenagers’ and provides the supporting case for a multi method approach. The conclusions of the chapter reinforce the benefits that are specific to the implementation of multi-technique research with teenager participants. Consideration of the eight factors outlined in the ‘Schema’ within study designs should serve to unlock the potential of teenagers, ensuring reliable elicitation of their views and needs.


Lang, A. R., Craven, M. P., Atkinson, S., Simons, L., Cobb, S., & Mazzola, M. (2016). Human factors multi-technique approach to teenage engagement in digital technologies health research. In D. Fitton, L. Little, B. T. Bell, & N. Toth (Eds.), Perspectives on HCI research with teenagersSpringer International Publishing Switzerland. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-33450-9_4

Publication Date Aug 4, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 26, 2016
Electronic ISSN 1571-5035
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Series Title Human–Computer Interaction Series
Book Title Perspectives on HCI research with teenagers
ISBN 978-3-319-33448-6
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