The use of mobile apps and technologies in child and adolescent mental health

Punukollu, M. and Marques, M. (2019) The use of mobile apps and technologies in child and adolescent mental health. Evidence-Based Mental Health, 22(4), pp. 161-166. (doi: 10.1136/ebmental-2019-300093) (PMID:31358537)

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Abstract

Question: This review will aim to critically evaluate the currently available literature concerning the use of online mobile-based applications and interventions in the detection, management and maintenance of children and young people’s mental health and well-being. Study selection and analysis: A systematic literature search of six electronic databases was conducted for relevant publications until May 2019, with keywords pertaining to mental health, well-being and problems, mobile or internet apps or interventions and age of the study population. The resulting titles were screened and the remaining 92 articles were assessed against the inclusion and exclusion criteria with a total of 4 studies included in the final review. Findings: In general, young people seem to engage very well with this type of tools, and they demonstrate some positive effects in emotional self-awareness. There have been some studies about this issue and many of the outcomes were notstatistically significant. However, it is still a sparsely documented area, and more research is needed in order to prove these effects. Conclusions: Mental health apps directed at young people have the potential to be important assessment, management and treatment tools, therefore creating easier access to health services, helping in the prevention of mental health issues and capacitating to self-help in case of need. However, a limited number of studies are currently available, and further assessments should be made in order to determine the outcomes of this type of interventions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Punukollu, Dr Mallika
Authors: Punukollu, M., and Marques, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Evidence-Based Mental Health
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:1362-0347
ISSN (Online):1468-960X
Published Online:29 July 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Evidence-Based Mental Health 22(4):161-166
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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