Abstract Title

Now I know I'm Thinking Negatively

Abstract

Among American youth, anxiety and stress are at an all time high. Yet seldom are interventions targeted towards African American adolescent girls. Sisters United Now (S.U.N.) is a sister-circle prevention program designed specifically for at-risk adolescent females within the African American community. The purpose of the sister circle is to provide participants with the knowledge, tools, and support needed to manage stress and anxiety. The program includes a music strategy to assist in cognitive restructuring- Build Your Own Theme Song (BYOTS) using a mobile app. In this study we examine the role of prompted alerts to use the app in increasing the number of unprompted uses by the girls. Qualitative (focus groups) and Quantitative (correlations) data is presented. Results indicate that the strategic use of prompts facilitates unprompted use. Based on the findings, we will be able to enhance the app so that it becomes more appealing to participants.

Modified Abstract

Sisters United Now (S.U.N.) is a sister-circle prevention program designed specifically for at-risk adolescent females within the African American community. The purpose of the sister circle is to provide participants with the knowledge, tools, and support needed to manage stress and anxiety. The program includes a music strategy to assist in cognitive restructuring- Build Your Own Theme Song (BYOTS) using a mobile app. In this study we examine the role of prompted alerts to use the app in increasing the number of unprompted uses by the girls. Qualitative and Quantitative data is presented. Results indicate that the strategic use of prompts facilitates unprompted use. Based on the findings, we will be able to enhance the app so that it becomes more appealing to participants.

Research Category

Psychology

Primary Author's Major

Psychology

Mentor #1 Information

Ms. Kallie Petitti M.Ed

Mentor #2 Information

Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

March 2016

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Research Area

Clinical Psychology | Counseling Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Multicultural Psychology | School Psychology

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Now I know I'm Thinking Negatively

Among American youth, anxiety and stress are at an all time high. Yet seldom are interventions targeted towards African American adolescent girls. Sisters United Now (S.U.N.) is a sister-circle prevention program designed specifically for at-risk adolescent females within the African American community. The purpose of the sister circle is to provide participants with the knowledge, tools, and support needed to manage stress and anxiety. The program includes a music strategy to assist in cognitive restructuring- Build Your Own Theme Song (BYOTS) using a mobile app. In this study we examine the role of prompted alerts to use the app in increasing the number of unprompted uses by the girls. Qualitative (focus groups) and Quantitative (correlations) data is presented. Results indicate that the strategic use of prompts facilitates unprompted use. Based on the findings, we will be able to enhance the app so that it becomes more appealing to participants.