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This research aims to explore the effect of a mobile application designed on the basis of cognitive behavioral therapy on college students suffering from depression in terms of their symptoms, suicidal thoughts, and other relevant variables.


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Background: College students encounter the transition from adolescence to adulthood, thereby possibly facing various factors causing depression. However, instead of consulting a professional, most college students seek help online or through contacts, or internalize their emotions. The current situation could be due to the low efficiency of depression prevention and the limited consultation provided at campus. While many studies have examined adopting mobile applications in dealing with depression, they have not shown consistent results. The cross-sectional research has been the most common; few randomized controlled trials have been conducted. Hence, much empirical evidence is needed to identify the effect of a mobile application. Aim: This research aims to explore the effect of a mobile application designed on the basis of cognitive behavioral therapy on college students suffering from depression in terms of their symptoms, suicidal ideation, and other relevant variables. Methodology: This is a randomized controlled trials study. The participants, aged 20 and above, were recruited from three universities of science and technology of similar nature. All of them suffer from depression symptoms and have used Wi-Fi smartphones. They were randomly assigned to the control group and the treatment group. The treatment group received an intervention involving the participants' use of the mobile application for 12 weeks, at least once a week, 20 minutes per session. The generalized estimating equation was adopted to analyze the results regarding the depression symptoms, suicidal ideation, help-seeking attitudes, emotional self-awareness, and mobile health (mHealth) literacy. Expected outcomes: The results obtained by tracking the symptoms of depression from the empirical research design conducted on campus will provide a reference to understanding to what extent mobile applications could be an appropriate intervention for college students. Clinical application: The research findings could provide insights for policymaking in respect of helping a person with depression on campus to better meet college students' needs. ;


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NCT number NCT05188950
Study type Interventional
Source National Taiwan University Hospital
Contact Yueh Hsiu LIN
Phone 886932857838
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date November 18, 2021
Completion date October 26, 2023

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