Developing mental health mobile apps: Exploring adolescents' perspectives

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Title: Developing mental health mobile apps: Exploring adolescents' perspectives
Authors: Kenny, Rachel
Dooley, Barbara A.
Fitzgerald, Amanda
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6275
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

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