Journal article

Social Network Research contribution to evaluating process in a feasibility study of a peer-led and school-based sexual health intervention.

Chiara Broccatelli, Peng Wang, Lisa McDaid, Mark McCann, Sharon Anne Simpson, Lawrie Elliott, Laurence Moore, Kirstin Mitchell

Sci Rep | Published : 2021


There is growing interest in social network-based programmes to improve health, but rigorous methods using Social Network research to evaluate the process of these interventions is less well developed. Using data from the "STis And Sexual Health" (STASH) feasibility trial of a school-based, peer-led intervention on sexual health prevention, we illustrate how network data analysis results can address key components of process evaluations for complex interventions-implementation, mechanisms of impacts, and context. STASH trained students as Peer Supporters (PS) to diffuse sexual health messages though face-to-face interactions and online Facebook (FB) groups. We applied a Multilevel Exponentia..

View full abstract


Awarded by Wellcome Trust

Awarded by Medical Research Council