National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

A Mobile Phone-Based Intervention to Improve Mental Health Among Homeless Young Adults: Pilot Feasibility Trial

Authors: 
Schueller, S.M. ,
Glover, A.C.,
Rufa, A.K.,
Dowdle, C.L.,
Gross, G.D.,
Karnik, N.S.,
Zalta, A.K.
Year Published: 2019
Type: 
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
JMIR mHealth and uHealth
Volume: 7

Issue: 7
Abstract: 

This journal article describes a study that aimed to develop and test the feasibility of engaging youth (ages 18 to 24) who are experiencing homelessness in a remotely delivered mental health intervention. The researchers piloted the intervention in a homeless shelter with 35 study participants who received a mobile phone, service and data plans, and one month of support from a coach with up to three phone sessions. The intervention provided brief emotional support and coping skills using cognitive behavioral therapy principles. Most participants completed all of their phone sessions. Participants sent an average of 15.06 text messages and received an average of 19.34 messages. The study demonstrated the feasibility of engaging young adults in mental health services in a technology-based intervention with high rates of satisfaction. Technology may be an important avenue to reach young adults experiencing homelessness. (author abstract modified)

Availability: 
Available for free download on the JMIR Publications website at: https://mhealth.jmir.org/2019/7/e12347/