Ray’s night out : A new iPhone app for addressing alcohol misuse in young people

Hides, Leanne, Zelenko, Oksana, Stoyanov, Stoyan, Koh, Desmond, Tulloch, Kristen, Pearce, Brendan, Quek, Lake-Hui, White, Angela, & Kavanagh, David (2014) Ray’s night out : A new iPhone app for addressing alcohol misuse in young people. In Young and Well CRC Connect 2014, 20-21 February 2014, Melbourne, Vic.

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Up to 30% of young people drink at risky levels at least weekly. Yet, many do not view their alcohol use as problematic and focus only on its enjoyment and socialization benefits. Innovative, youth-friendly and highly accessible ways of delivering preventative health messages are required. This paper describes the design, development and prototype testing of ‘Ray’s Night Out’ a new iPhone application for promoting harm minimisation and controlled drinking strategies in young people. Two participatory design workshops were conducted with 5 young people to explore how technology could be used to enhance a good night out drinking. Four existing iPhone alcohol apps were reviewed. Five young people conducted initial prototype testing to refine app content and interface design. Final prototype testing was conducted with 10 young people. Prototype testing indicated young people had a very positive response to the Ray animated character and rated the app highly on aesthetics, engagement, content, functionality, usefulness and youth relevance. The Ray app provides a youth friendly approach to addressing alcohol misuse in young people. The impact of the Ray app on young people’s alcohol use knowledge, attitudes and behaviours is currently being evaluated.

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ID Code: 71726
Item Type: Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Keywords: young people, alcohol use, participatory design, technology, Young and Well CRC
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
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