Date of Award
Master of Science
Heidi Plach, Virginia Stoffel, Shirley Jensen
Adolescents, Health Literacy, Mental Health, Mhealth, Technology
The purpose of the study is to determine the feasibility of delivering a text-based mental health literacy intervention for adolescent children who have family members with mental illness. The effectiveness of the text message intervention was measured using a single subject, multiple baseline study design. Each participant received three text messages per week for a total of 6 weeks, containing information regarding mental illness, managing crisis, resources, stigma, and assertiveness. The subjects were evaluated using qualitative and quantitative measures at multiple periods throughout the study. Assessments utilized include: Schizophrenia Vignette quiz developed by Jorm et. al. (1997), Perceived Stress Scale-14(PSS-14) (Cohen et. al., 1983) , 10-point Likert Scale to measure the quality of the relationship with their loved one, and the Weekly Check-In Script. All 3 participants reported decreased perceived stress, improved or no change in relationship quality, and changes in perceived causes of and treatment for mental illness.
Coffman, Emma, "Improving Mental Health Literacy: a Single-Subject Design Experiment Examining the Effects of Text Messaging on Adolescent Mental Health Literacy" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 945.