Effects of incentives in web-based prevention for adolescents: Results of an exploratory field study

Fridrici M, Lohaus A, Glass C (2009)
PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH 24(6): 663-675.

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This study examines if the willingness of adolescents to participate in a web-based prevention program can be increased by providing an incentive for participation. Eighth graders (n = 166) were instructed to work on an online stress-prevention program via the internet from home. A subgroup of n = 80 subjects from three school classes were told that they would take part in a raffle if they completed the program. The remaining n = 86 participants (again three classes) served as a control group. The school classes were randomly allocated to the training conditions. During the 8-week intervention period, compliance rates were recorded by means of an online tracking system. In addition, self-reported compliance and training acceptance were assessed. The application of an incentive had considerable effects on retention rates, on training acceptance and self-assessed effectiveness of the intervention. Adolescents in the 'incentive condition' completed three times as many program lessons as control subjects did, and-as their self-reports suggest-they worked as attentively. Validity of self-reported compliance was higher among participants of the incentive group and they reported significantly higher program acceptance. As a consequence, the application of incentive systems is recommended for future implementation of web-based prevention programs targeting adolescents.
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Fridrici M, Lohaus A, Glass C. Effects of incentives in web-based prevention for adolescents: Results of an exploratory field study. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH. 2009;24(6):663-675.
Fridrici, M., Lohaus, A., & Glass, C. (2009). Effects of incentives in web-based prevention for adolescents: Results of an exploratory field study. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 24(6), 663-675.
Fridrici, M., Lohaus, A., and Glass, C. (2009). Effects of incentives in web-based prevention for adolescents: Results of an exploratory field study. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH 24, 663-675.
Fridrici, M., Lohaus, A., & Glass, C., 2009. Effects of incentives in web-based prevention for adolescents: Results of an exploratory field study. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 24(6), p 663-675.
M. Fridrici, A. Lohaus, and C. Glass, “Effects of incentives in web-based prevention for adolescents: Results of an exploratory field study”, PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, vol. 24, 2009, pp. 663-675.
Fridrici, M., Lohaus, A., Glass, C.: Effects of incentives in web-based prevention for adolescents: Results of an exploratory field study. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH. 24, 663-675 (2009).
Fridrici, Mirko, Lohaus, Arnold, and Glass, Christian. “Effects of incentives in web-based prevention for adolescents: Results of an exploratory field study”. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH 24.6 (2009): 663-675.
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