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Ethical challenges experienced by public health nurses related to adolescentsí use of visual technologies


Laholt, H and McLeod, K and Guillemin, M and Beddari, E and Lorem, G, Ethical challenges experienced by public health nurses related to adolescents' use of visual technologies, Nursing Ethics, 26, (6) pp. 1822-1833. ISSN 0969-7330 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0969733018779179


Background: Visual technologies are central to youth culture and are often the preferred communication means of adolescents. Although these tools can be beneficial in fostering relations, adolescentsí use of visual technologies and social media also raises ethical concerns.

Aims: We explored how school public health nurses identify and resolve the ethical challenges involved in the use of visual technologies in health dialogues with adolescents.

Research design: This is a qualitative study utilizing data from focus group discussions

Participants and research context:We conducted focus group discussions using two semi-structured discussion guides with seven groups of public health nurses (n = 40) working in Norwegian school health services. The data were collected during January and October 2016. Discussions were audio recorded, transcribed, and coded into themes and subthemes using systematic text condensation.

Ethical considerations: The leader of the public health nursing service who agreed to provide access for the study and the Norwegian Center for Research Data that reviewed and approved the study. All participants gave informed consent.

Findings: : In adolescentsí use of visual materials with public health nurses, ethical concerns were raised regarding suicide ideations, socially unacceptable content, violation of privacy, and presentations of possible child neglect. The nurses utilized their professional knowledge and experience when identifying and navigating these ethical dilemmas; they resolved ethical uncertainties through peer discussion and collaboration with fellow nurses and other professionals

Discussion: We discussed the findings in light of Annemarie Molís interpretation of the ethics of care. Mol expands the notion of ethical care to include the action of technologies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adolescents, ethical challenges, public health nurses, school nursing, visual technologies
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:McLeod, K (Dr Kim McLeod)
ID Code:130540
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-02-01
Last Modified:2021-10-26

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