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Pilot testing a mobile cognitive behavioural therapy application

Brockfeld, Marie Pauline (2019) Pilot testing a mobile cognitive behavioural therapy application.

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Abstract:Many people suffer from mental health problems, and interventions can be used to enhance mental well-being. Studies have shown that web-based interventions can be successful in treating mental disorders, however, no studies were found regarding short CBT interventions delivered on an app on the smartphone of participants. In this study a two-week long mobile cognitive behavioural therapy intervention was tested. The intervention was tested in a nonclinical sample who are university students, as they are in a stressful period of time which can be a risk factor for developing mental health problems. Ten participants were recruited who filled out a questionnaire, then used the app for two weeks, and afterwards they did the questionnaire again. The pre- and post-test measured positive and negative affect (PANAS), mental health (MHC-SF), anxiety (GAD-7), and depression (PHQ-9), the post-test had an additional engagement questionnaire. The post-test was followed by a short semi-structured interview to investigate positive and negative aspects about the app and how it can be improved. The results showed no improvement in mental health and engagement was low. The interviews showed that participants had good ideas for improvements for the app. Participants in this study had no mental health problems and no problems with automatic thoughts, which could have resulted in low engagement, both could be factors leading to the low effectiveness of the intervention.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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