Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 372–380 | Cite as

Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Adolescent Mental Health Treatment

  • Samira KhanEmail author
  • Taniya Pradhan
Brief Report


As per the National Comorbidity Survey (2010), mental health illness has been shown to affect 20% of adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 years, with 10% of the adolescent population being affected by emotional disturbances (Merikangas et al. 2010; National Alliance of Mental Illness 2016). Although past studies have attempted to positively correlate an increase in mental health illnesses with the increase in technology, a recent study in the Journal of Child Development reported otherwise. This study showed that technology was used as a positive coping skill for those with depression and anxiety (George et al. 2018). In the pediatric population, smartphone ownership has become a nearly ubiquitous element. The Pew Research Center reports that 95% of teens now report they have a smartphone or access to one; 45% of teens now say they are online on a near-constant basis and that while smartphone access has become prominent among teens, having a home computer varied by...


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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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The authors have no conflict of interest to declare. We warrant that the manuscript has not received prior publication and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. This research was presented as a poster in the 65th Annual National AACAP meeting in Seattle in October 2018. This research did not receive any funding or grants. All authors have seen and approved the manuscript being submitted. We warrant that the article is the authors’ original work. We attest to the fact that all authors listed on the title page have contributed significantly to the work, have read the manuscript, and attest to the validity and legitimacy of the data and its interpretation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioral Medicine and PsychiatryWest Virginia University School of MedicineMorgantownUSA

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