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LifeLab Southampton: a programme to engage adolescents with DOHaD concepts as a tool for increasing health literacy in teenagers -a pilot cluster-randomized control trial

LifeLab Southampton: a programme to engage adolescents with DOHaD concepts as a tool for increasing health literacy in teenagers -a pilot cluster-randomized control trial
LifeLab Southampton: a programme to engage adolescents with DOHaD concepts as a tool for increasing health literacy in teenagers -a pilot cluster-randomized control trial

Adolescence is a critical time point in the lifecourse. LifeLab is an educational intervention engaging adolescents in understanding Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) concepts and the impact of the early life environment on future health, benefitting both their long-term health and that of the next generation. We aimed to assess whether engaging adolescents with DOHaD concepts improves scientific literacy and whether engagement alone improves health behaviours.Six schools were randomized, three to intervention and three to control. Outcome measures were changed in knowledge, and intended and actual behaviour in relation to diet and lifestyle. A total of 333 students completed baseline and follow-up questionnaires. At 12 months, intervention students showed greater understanding of DOHaD concepts. No sustained changes in behaviours were identified.Adolescents' engagement with DOHaD concepts can be improved and maintained over 12 months. Such engagement does not itself translate into behaviour change. The intervention has consequently been revised to include additional components beyond engagement alone.

behaviour change, health education, health literacy, randomized control trial, scientific literacy
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Woods-Townsend, K., Leat, H., Bay, J., Bagust, L., Davey, H., Lovelock, D., Christodoulou, A., Griffiths, J., Grace, M., Godfrey, K., Hanson, M. and Inskip, H. (2018) LifeLab Southampton: a programme to engage adolescents with DOHaD concepts as a tool for increasing health literacy in teenagers -a pilot cluster-randomized control trial. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 9 (5), 475-480. (doi:10.1017/S2040174418000429).

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Adolescence is a critical time point in the lifecourse. LifeLab is an educational intervention engaging adolescents in understanding Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) concepts and the impact of the early life environment on future health, benefitting both their long-term health and that of the next generation. We aimed to assess whether engaging adolescents with DOHaD concepts improves scientific literacy and whether engagement alone improves health behaviours.Six schools were randomized, three to intervention and three to control. Outcome measures were changed in knowledge, and intended and actual behaviour in relation to diet and lifestyle. A total of 333 students completed baseline and follow-up questionnaires. At 12 months, intervention students showed greater understanding of DOHaD concepts. No sustained changes in behaviours were identified.Adolescents' engagement with DOHaD concepts can be improved and maintained over 12 months. Such engagement does not itself translate into behaviour change. The intervention has consequently been revised to include additional components beyond engagement alone.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 May 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 August 2018
Published date: 1 October 2018
Keywords: behaviour change, health education, health literacy, randomized control trial, scientific literacy

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Local EPrints ID: 421138
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/421138
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ORCID for K. Woods-Townsend: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3376-6988
ORCID for A. Christodoulou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7021-4210
ORCID for M. Grace: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1949-1765
ORCID for K. Godfrey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4643-0618
ORCID for M. Hanson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6907-613X
ORCID for H. Inskip: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8897-1749

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Date deposited: 23 May 2018 16:30
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 05:23

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