A Mobile App to Address Student Loneliness

Using a Mobile App to Address Student Loneliness Among College Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Patrocinadores

Patrocinador principal: University of Oregon

Colaborador: HopeLab Foundation
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Fuente University of Oregon
Resumen breve

The purpose of this trial is to assess the effects of a positive psychology and CBT-based skills intervention—delivered through a mobile app called Nod—on loneliness and other mental health and institutional satisfaction outcomes. The primary outcome is self-reported loneliness at 2 and 4-weeks post baseline.

Descripción detallada

This study is a pilot eight-week randomized controlled intervention. It employs a "waitlist" control strategy for the first 4 weeks of the study (considered to be the active study period).

Randomization will be to one of two conditions:

1. Experimental group: Immediate access to the Nod app

2. Waitlist control group: Participants will be granted access to the app four weeks after the experimental group

Assessments will occur at baseline, 2, 4, and 8 weeks follow up. Assessments will include measures of loneliness, and other mental health and institutional satisfaction measures listed in the secondary outcome measures section.

Estado general Active, not recruiting
Fecha de inicio September 9, 2019
Fecha de Terminación January 2020
Fecha de finalización primaria January 2020
Fase N/A
Tipo de estudio Interventional
Resultado primario
Medida Periodo de tiempo
Condition differences in self-reported loneliness 2-weeks post baseline
Condition differences in self-reported loneliness 4-weeks post baseline
Resultado secundario
Medida Periodo de tiempo
Depressive symptoms 2 and 4 weeks post baseline
Anxiety 2 and 4 weeks post baseline
Social Anxiety 2 and 4 weeks post baseline
Self-reported intention to remain enrolled at the University of Oregon in the next academic year 2 and 4 weeks post baseline
Inscripción 221
Condición
Intervención

Tipo de intervención: Behavioral

Nombre de intervención: Loneliness Intervention

Descripción: 28 days of engagement with the Nod app, which consists of interactive exercises drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy (e.g behavioral activation and cognitive reframing exercises), positive psychology (e.g. acts of kindness), and mindful self-compassion programs (e.g. loving-kindness meditations)

Elegibilidad

Criterios:

Inclusion Criteria:

- Incoming college first years

- Live away from home without parents/guardians upon beginning college

- Read English

- Between 18 and 25 years of age

- Own a smartphone

Exclusion Criteria:

- Do not read English

- Under 18 years of age

- Over 25 years of age

- Do not own a smartphone

Género: All

Edad mínima: 18 Years

Edad máxima: 25 Years

Voluntarios Saludables: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Ubicación
Instalaciones: University of Oregon
Ubicacion Paises

United States

Fecha de verificación

November 2019

Fiesta responsable

Tipo: Sponsor

Tiene acceso ampliado No
Número de brazos 2
Grupo de brazo

Etiqueta: Experimental—Immediate Access to the Nod app

Tipo: Experimental

Descripción: The experimental group will have immediate access to all content in the Nod app and will be free to engage with it as much or as little as they like for four weeks. They will retain access to the Nod app for an additional four weeks.

Etiqueta: Waitlist Control—Delayed Access to the Nod app

Tipo: Other

Descripción: The waitlist control group will have full access to the Nod app approximately four weeks after the experimental group gains access.

Datos del paciente No
Información de diseño del estudio

Asignación: Randomized

Modelo de intervención: Parallel Assignment

Propósito primario: Prevention

Enmascaramiento: None (Open Label)

Fuente: ClinicalTrials.gov