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Cooking up New Home Dynamics: Youths’ Technology Brokering and Moms’ Use of a Nutrition App

Fri, May 26, 14:00 to 15:15, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 2, Indigo Ballroom C


Mobile phone apps are widely adopted as health intervention tools, although they’re usually targeted at individual users. Groups, like families, could be engaged as app users and partners in health behavior change. Results reported here describe how 9-14-year-old children and their mothers were prompted to share in using a new nutrition app. We illustrate how sharing may be linked to media brokering (the child’s intercessions helping mothers with technologies such as television, computers, the internet, mobile phones, and apps) and language brokering (the child’s services in interpreting). Data came from an eight-week field experiment that introduced a new nutrition app to mothers and children in low-income, Latino homes. Analyses suggest that: brokering stability varies by youth’s age and gender; brokering is mutable upon the introduction of a new media tool in the home; and youth-led brokering pre-intervention led mothers to frequently use different sections of the app.