What are the characteristics of adolescent mHealth users?

Hayriye Gülec and David Šmahel's latest research focused on adolescents who use so-called mHealth apps, or, in other words, apps that monitor the user's health. Using a representative sample of Czech adolescents, they found that more than half of the respondents use mHealth apps. What are their characteristics? Read today's blog!

March 2023 Hayriye Gülec

We examined the characteristics of adolescents who use mobile health (mHealth) apps to monitor health in a nationally representative sample of Czech adolescents.

The findings revealed that:

  • More than half of the adolescents (58.2%) were using mHealth apps on their devices.
  • Adolescents who were older, physically more active and had higher eHealth literacy skills used mHealth apps more frequently.
  • Parents were significant role models for their children’s adoption of, and engagement with, mHealth apps when they actively mediated their online health information–seeking behaviors.

Future research is required to determine how adolescents’ use of mHealth apps might be related to their health outcomes and behaviors longitudinally.

How to cite this study?

Gulec, H., & Smahel, D. (2022). Individual and Parental Factors of Adolescents’ mHealth App Use: Nationally Representative Cross-sectional Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 10(12), e40340. https://doi.org/10.2196/40340

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