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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: MyVoice Methodology." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Promoting Positive Adolescent Health Behaviors and Outcomes: Thriving in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25552.
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Prepublication copy, uncorrected proofs Appendix B MyVoice Methodology The MyVoice study is an interactive research platform from the University of Michigan that sends out weekly surveys to adolescents aged 14–24 via text message. Each survey focuses on a different topic and includes three to five brief, open-ended questions. In August 2019, the committee commissioned MyVoice to conduct a poll of its sample on what it means for youth to thrive. The original questions were workshopped and piloted with a group of adolescents on the MyVoice leadership team, who suggested using the phrase “live your best life” as a synonym for thrive. The resulting four questions were sent to the MyVoice sample, from which 945 unique responses were received:  Hi {{name}}! This week we want to hear about what it means to be a thriving young person. Describe what it would look like to live your best life.  Tell us about something or someone that helps you live your best life.  Specifically, what could your school do to help you live your best life? (now or in the past)  What keeps you from living your best life, if anything? The full commissioned paper from MyVoice is available in the online appendixes to this consensus report.1 1 For more information, see MyVoice (2019) ( B-1

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