Using rap music to promote adolescent health: Pilot study of VoxBox

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Paukste, Ernesta
Harris, Neil
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2015
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Issue addressed: Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATODs) usage among adolescents, particularly those living in lower socioeconomic communities, is a population health problem in Australia that requires innovative health promotion strategies. There is a growing recognition of the potential of arts‐based approaches to engage youth in health promoting activities. This paper presents the process evaluation of the pilot VoxBox intervention that used rap to build adolescents' awareness of risks associated with ATODs.

Methods: The VoxBox intervention was piloted in Logan, Queensland, at five high schools with 18 adolescents completing the intervention. Data collection methods included observation, focus groups, semi‐structured interviews and a survey of adolescent participants.

Results: The intervention was well received by participants and stakeholders. Three factors characterising the project's successful engagement of adolescents were: participate – go with the flow, learning from the real deal and resourced to make some noise.

Conclusion: In VoxBox, the emphasis on engaging adolescents in an activity of real interest that was appropriately resourced and delivered was central to credibility and success.

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Health Promotion Journal of Australia

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26

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Nutrition and dietetics

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Public health

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