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dc.contributor.authorBaghaei, Nilufar
dc.contributor.authorKimani, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorFreyne, Jill
dc.contributor.authorBrindal, Emily
dc.contributor.authorBerkovsky, Shlomo
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Greg
dc.description.abstractPrevious research has shown that providing family engagement and social support play important roles in weight management success, helping to achieve long-term lifestyle changes. Traditionally, the support provided by online health communities is primarily targeted at individuals and does not involve their families. We are proposing SOFA (SOcial FAmilies), a novel approach for engaging, motivating and persuading families to adopt a healthy lifestyle. SOFA is an online social network for families built on top of static health-related educational content. In this paper, we report the results of a live user study aimed at investigating how user profile representation and system assigned tasks influence users engagement with the system and change in their attitude towards healthy lifestyle. Our results show that representing family members as individuals increases the number of active family members as well as their retention, contribution and engagement with the network. The results further show that family-based social networks can have the potential to positively change the attitude of users towards healthy lifestyle.en_NZ
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_NZ
dc.subjectsocial networksen_NZ
dc.subjectuser engagementen_NZ
dc.subjecthealth careen_NZ
dc.titleEngaging families in lifestyle changes through social networkingen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holderInternational Journal of Human-Computer Interactionen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden111712 Health Promotionen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationBaghaei, N., Kimani, S., Freyne, J., Brindal, E., Berkovsky, S., and Smith, G. (2011). Engaging families in lifestyle vhanges through docial networking. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. 27(10) : 971-990.en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.titleInternational Journal of Human-Computer Interactionen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationCSIRO (Australia). Tasmanian ICT Centreen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationCSIRO (Australia). Food and Nutritional Sciencesen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaHealth Sciences

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