Journal article

A randomized controlled trial of three smartphone apps for enhancing public mental health

David Bakker, Nikolaos Kazantzis, Debra Rickwood, Nikki Rickard

BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH AND THERAPY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Many smartphone applications (apps) for mental health (MHapps) are available to the public. However, few have been the subject of a randomized controlled trial (RCT), and the change processes that are hypothesized to mediate claimed effects have not been previously studied. This RCT compared the efficacy of three publicly available MHapps to a waitlist control condition in a community sample, in which no MHapp was provided. The three MHapps included cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) toolkit app MoodKit, mood tracking app MoodPrism, and CBT strategy app MoodMission. Participants were randomly allocated to each condition, completed a baseline assessment, downloaded their allocated MHapp, and..

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