Developing mental health mobile apps: Exploring adolescents' perspectives

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
V2_Kenny_et_al._(2014)_Developing_Mental_Heath_Mobile_Apps.pdf2.58 MBAdobe PDFDownload
Title: Developing mental health mobile apps: Exploring adolescents' perspectives
Authors: Kenny, Rachel
Dooley, Barbara A.
Fitzgerald, Amanda
Permanent link:
Date: 1-Jun-2016
Abstract: Mobile applications or 'apps' have significant potential for use in mental health interventions with adolescents. However, there is a lack of research exploring end users' needs from such technologies. The aim of this study was to explore adolescents' needs and concerns in relation to mental health mobile apps. Five focus groups were conducted with young people aged 15-16 years (N = 34, 60% male). Participants were asked about their views in relation to the use of mental health mobile technologies and were asked to give their responses to a mental health app prototype. Participants identified (1) safety, (2) engagement, (3) functionality, (4) social interaction, (5) awareness, (6) accessibility, (7) gender and (8) young people in control as important factors. Understanding end users' needs and concerns in relation to this topic will inform the future development of youth-oriented mental health apps that are acceptable to young people.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage Publications
Copyright (published version): 2014 the Authors
Keywords: Adolescents;End users;Focus groups;Mental health;Mobile apps
DOI: 10.1177/1460458214555041
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

Show full item record

Citations 20

Last Week
Last month
checked on Jun 23, 2018

Page view(s) 50

checked on May 25, 2018

Download(s) 10

checked on May 25, 2018

Google ScholarTM



This item is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland. No item may be reproduced for commercial purposes. For other possible restrictions on use please refer to the publisher's URL where this is made available, or to notes contained in the item itself. Other terms may apply.