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Investigating Health Risk Environments in Housing Programs for Young Adults: Protocol for a Geographically Explicit Ecological Momentary Assessment Study

Investigating Health Risk Environments in Housing Programs for Young Adults: Protocol for a Geographically Explicit Ecological Momentary Assessment Study
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article describes the research protocol of the ongoing Log My Life study at the University of Southern California. This study uses a mixed-methods based on geographically explicit ecological momentary assessment (EMA) through cell phone technology to understand the risk environent of young adults who have either enrolled in housing programs or are currently homeless. The researchers collect data using web-based questionnaires and daily diaries through cell phones to understand the risk environments of young adults with regard to emotional affect, context, and health risk behavior, including infrequent risk behaviors such as sex in exchange for goods and services. They use EMA to look at how the study participants move around their environment throughout the day and whether these movements result in dangerous substance use and sexual activity. Mixing the quantitative and qualitative arms in this study will provide a more complete understanding of differences in risk environments between homeless and housed young adults. (author abstract modified) 

Accession number
25825
Authors
Henwood, B.F., Redline, B., Dzubur, E., Madden, D.R., Rhoades, H., Dunton, G.F., Rice, E., Semborski, S., Tang, Q., Intille, S.S.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

JMIR Research Protocols

Volume new
8
Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the JMIR Publications website at: https://www.researchprotocols.org/2019/1

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

A Mobile Phone-Based Intervention to Improve Mental Health Among Homeless Young Adults: Pilot Feasibility Trial
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

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)

Accession number
25824
Authors
Schueller, S.M. , Glover, A.C., Rufa, A.K., Dowdle, C.L., Gross, G.D., Karnik, N.S., Zalta, A.K.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

JMIR mHealth and uHealth

Volume new
7
Year published new
2019
Availability

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