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Between Science and Soul: Treating Teenage Depression in the 21st Century
by Canine, Carrie A., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 56; 10076214
Abstract (Summary)

The unique qualities of the teenage brain and the ubiquity of mobile technology suggest a role for mobile applications (apps) in the treatment of teenage depression. The hermeneutic portion of this inquiry into teenage depression includes both 20-year-old data on evidence-based treatment modalities and articles written in the last few years on mobile health applications (mHealth). The research problem includes few randomized controlled trials of the efficacy and security of mobile health applications. This thesis employs heuristic methodology to examine the author’s personal experience with mobile interventions for the treatment of her depression. Of the many hundreds of mHealth solutions designed to address depression, most rely on the tenets of neuropsychology, positive psychology, and mindfulness-based therapies to drive functionality. Apps contain features familiar to teenagers and are easy to access with a smartphone. Teenagers are digital natives whose life-long exposure to technology necessarily shapes their expectations of immediacy and innovation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pottenger, Rebecca
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Depression, Mhealth, Mobile applications, Neuropsychology, Teenagers
Publication Number: 10076214
ISBN: 978-1-339-58528-4
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