Title

Treatment Barriers in Mental Health: Perspectives of Using Mobile Technology

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2018

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

Judy Hoy

Abstract

Mental health problems are common with adolescents and given that adolescents are the biggest consumer of mobile technologies, these technologies hold a tremendous promise as a unique intervention. The research method used is a qualitative study with four clinicians to address themes in their experiences of utilizing mobile technology with adolescents. Much of the research finds that using technology with adolescents improves patient satisfaction through areas around convenience, ease of use, and availability. The research findings show common themes related to adaptability, reduced stigma, clinical relationship and lack of access. This research is important because it highlights the social work code of ethics in promoting client self-determination theory and allowing adolescents to enhance their capacity in addressing their own needs. Discussion includes how mobile technologies can offer a powerful adjunct to therapy that can work to reduce many barriers adolescents have to overcome in a traditional therapy model. Mobile health technology is discussed in increasing access to mental health treatment.

Keywords

adolescents, mobile health, mental health

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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