Article Excerpt: The National Cancer Institute is finding success with its smartphone-based smoking cessation program, called SmokefreeTXT. Targeting teenagers and other under-reached groups, the program assesses the user’s texts and responds with suggestions, encouragement, and advice about how to keep going — focusing on things like managing cravings and controlling moods. Initial results indicate a 12% quit rate at one month and 6% sustained quit rate at 6 months, which is still more than double the typical smoking cessation rate of 2-3% for teenagers.
Article Excerpt: An recent article published in BMC Psychiatry reports a mixed-methods study designed to explore young Australian men’s attitudes and behavior towards mental health and technology use to inform the development of online mental health services for young men. From a national online survey of 486 males (aged 16 to 24) and 17 focus groups involving 118 males (aged 16 to 24), results indicated that young men are less likely to seek professional help for themselves, citing a preference for self-help and action-oriented strategies instead. Most survey participants reported that they have sought help for a problem online and were satisfied with the help they received. The key challenge for online mental health services is to design interventions specifically for young men that are action-based, focus on shifting behavior and stigma, and not simply about increasing mental health knowledge. Furthermore, interventions should be user-driven, informed by young men’s views and everyday technology practices, and leverage the influence of peers.
Hazelden Partners with Inflexxion to Develop New Program for Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment
Article Excerpt: With funding from a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant, Hazelden and Inflexxion are creating a new intervention program, “Staying Off Substances: A Tailored Early Recovery Program for Teens,” for adolescents in substance abuse treatment that will reinforce the skills and philosophies they learn in treatment through online interactive exercises, writing activities, and access to a supportive, online community. The program will be available to adolescents during and after treatment to help them navigate challenges during early recovery.
Oshima, N., Nishida, A., Shimodera, S, et al. (2012). The suicidal feelings, self-injury, and mobile phone use after lights out in adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37(9): 1023-1030.
Associations of mobile phone use after lights out with mental health, suicidal feelings, and self-injury were cross-sectionally examined in 17,920 adolescents. A series of logistic regression analyses were separately conducted for early (grades 7–9) and late (grades 10–12) adolescents. Results suggest that mobile phone use after lights out may be associated with poor mental health, suicidal feelings, and self-injury in both early and late adolescents. The association between reduced sleep and the mobile phone use appears to be confined to early adolescents.
Article Excerpt: The Pan American Health Organization recently launched an iPhone and iPad app, which is the mobile version of the Global School-based Student Health Survey (eGSHS), at the Regional Congress on Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. The app is used to monitor adolescent health behaviors in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, in an aim to help public health workers create policies for youth health programs related to alcohol consumption, drug and tobacco use, mental health, and sexual health, to name a few.
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Article Excerpt: Health messages on social media can be used to help convince young adults to use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, a new study finds. Participants in the intervention group signed up to “like” and receive news from Just/Us, a Facebook community created to promote sexual health. Two months after taking part in the social networking groups, condom use in the Just/Us group had increased from 63% to 68%, with no condom use increase in the control group. However, the effects seen in the Just/Us group faded over time and there were no differences between the two groups at the six-month follow-up.
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Article Source: Health.com
Kristen Johnston, author of “Guts,” a memoir about her addiction, is founder of an organization aimed at starting New York’s first addiction-recovery high school
Article Excerpt: It is hard to steal a show from Kristen Johnston. On a recent Wednesday night, at the Triad Theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a crowd howled as she posed and mugged, barefoot, reading from an old magazine diary written by the model Cindy Crawford.
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Article Source: The New York Times
Article Excerpt: Research has long backed the therapeutic value of diary-keeping for teenage girls and boys. But according to a new study, when teenagers detail their woes onto a blog, the therapeutic value is even greater. Blogging, it seems, can be good for you.
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Article Source: The New York Times