The Development of a Social Networking-Based Relatedness Intervention Among Young, First-Time Blood Donors: Pilot Study.

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BACKGROUND: Increasing repeat blood donation behavior is a critical public health goal. According to self-determination theory, the process of developing internal motivation to give blood and an associated self-identity as a blood donor may be promoted by feelings of “relatedness” or a connection to other donors, which may be enhanced through social relations and interactions. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this report it to describe the development and pilot testing of a social networking-based (Facebook) intervention condition designed to increase feelings of relatedness via virtual social interaction and support. METHODS: To develop the intervention condition content, images, text, polls, and video content were assembled. Ohio University college students (N=127) rated the content (82 images/text) presented by computer in random order using a scale of one to five on various dimensions of relatedness. Mean ratings were calculated and analyses of variance were conducted to assess associations among the dimensions. Based on these results, the relatedness intervention was adapted and evaluated for feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy among 24 first-time donors, aged 18 to 24 years, in a 30-day pilot trial. Paired t-tests were conducted to examine change over time in relatedness and connectedness. RESULTS: The intervention condition that was developed was acceptable and feasible. Results of the uncontrolled, preintervention, and postintervention evaluation revealed that feelings of individual-level relatedness increased significantly after the intervention. CONCLUSIONS: By promoting first-time blood donor relatedness, our goal is to enhance internal motivation for donating and the integration of the blood donor identity, thus increasing the likelihood of future repeat donation. TRIAL REGISTRATION: NCT02717338; (Archived by WebCite at

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Cited Authors

  • Frye, V; Duffy, L; France, JL; Kessler, DA; Rebosa, M; Shaz, BH; Carlson, BW; France, CR

Published Date

  • April 26, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 2

Start / End Page

  • e44 -

PubMed ID

  • 29699961

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29699961

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2369-2960

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2196/publichealth.8972


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Canada