Published April 4, 2016
Congratulations to Associate Professor Robert Keefe and co-authors on the publication of their article, Building mobile apps for underrepresented mental healthcare consumers: A grounded theory approach, in Social Work in Mental Health.
Leung, R., Hastings, J.F., Keefe, R.H., Brownstein-Evans, C., & Mullick, R. (2016). Building mobile apps for underrepresented mental healthcare consumers: A grounded theory approach. Social Work in Mental Health.
Cell phone mobile application (“app”) use has risen dramatically within the past several years. Many individuals access apps to address mental health issues. Unlike individuals from privileged backgrounds, individuals from oppressed backgrounds may rely on apps rather than costly mental health treatment. To date, very little research has been published evaluating mental health apps’ effectiveness. This paper focuses on three methods through which grounded theory can facilitate app development and evaluation for people underrepresented in mental health care. Recommendations are made to advance mobile app technology that will help clinicians provide effective treatment, and consumers to realize positive treatment outcomes.