SOVA: Design of a Stakeholder Informed Social Media Website for Depressed Adolescents and Their Parents

Ana Radovic, Alexandra L. DeMand, Theresa Gmelin, Bradley D. Stein, Elizabeth Miller

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Abstract

Two moderated social media websites were designed for increasing likelihood for mental health treatment engagement for depressed adolescents (sova.pitt.edu) and for parents (wisesova.pitt.edu). This article describes iterative stakeholder interviews conducted with adolescents, young adults, parents, advocates, and clinicians and use of human computer interaction techniques to inform major design changes which: (a) underscored the role of online interaction to provide emotional support and information, (b) importance of anonymity, (c) desire to share positive media, and (d) need for frequent moderation. Future studies will examine acceptability and effectiveness of revised websites in helping depressed adolescents and their parents engage with treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Technology in Human Services
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jul 25 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • patient-centered outcomes research
  • social media
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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