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Evaluation of the effectiveness of #SelfCare - a mobile self-help app - to increase youth’s emotion regulation (ER) strategies

Viezens, M. (2021) Evaluation of the effectiveness of #SelfCare - a mobile self-help app - to increase youth’s emotion regulation (ER) strategies.

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Embargo date:29 June 2023
Abstract:Research showed that Emotion Regulation (ER) training decreases youth’s mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and stress due to approaching underlying mechanisms like rumination and hopelessness. This study introduced ‘#SelfCare’, a self-help app constructed to train youth’s adaptive ER strategies in a one-week intervention via different minigames. It was expected that (1) ER strategies are increased after one week of using #SelfCare, that (2) the adaptive ER strategies are more increased in participants who indicate higher depression, anxiety, and stress scores, and (3) who played evidence-based minigames compared to the ones playing non-evidence-based games. Participants were randomly collected through social media and the SONA system at the Radboud University, leaving a sample of 136 participants. A repeated measures ANOVA showed that one week of playing #SelfCare led to increased ER strategies of the participants. However, neither the higher versus lower levels of depression, anxiety, and stress nor the evidence-based versus non-evidence-based minigames could account for significant differences in the ER strategies. This study provided promising results due to increased ER strategies in an online game-like setting. In order to provide additional explanations, future studies should include a control condition next to ecological momentary assessments (EMA) and back end information.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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