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Development and Effects of Cognitive Behavior-Based Healing Programs Using Mobile Apps

College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University, 26 Kyunghee-Daero, Dongdaemun-Gu, Seoul 02447, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(7), 3334; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073334
Received: 27 January 2021 / Revised: 11 March 2021 / Accepted: 16 March 2021 / Published: 24 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
Purpose: There has been a recent surge in interest in mental health and how to improve individuals’ health-related quality of life. Mental health management using mobile apps can be a useful intervention method. The development and application of verified and highly efficient apps for mental health and stress management are needed. We developed healing programs and verified their effectiveness based on apps designed to promote adult mental health. Methods: We conducted a one-group pretest-posttest study in which 85 participants used the app for 12 weeks. We assessed its effects on participants’ stress (perceived stress scale, effort–reward imbalance, and photoplethysmogram (PPG)), anxiety, depression, emotional labor, and well-being. Results: The stress survey results post-intervention increased or stayed the same; however, the PPG results decreased (p = 0.002) after using the app. Depression (p = 0.043) and anxiety (p = 0.003) also decreased; however, emotional labor and well-being remained unchanged. The awareness of, knowledge of, and attitude toward mental health management all increased post-intervention. Discussion: The developed mobile app was an efficient and highly accessible way to promote mental health. However, the app requires modification and supplementation for continual use. Additionally, ongoing research concerning the study, evaluation, and integration of mobile apps is required. View Full-Text
Keywords: stress management; mental health; mobile health application; mental wellness stress management; mental health; mobile health application; mental wellness
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Hwang, W.J.; Jo, H.H. Development and Effects of Cognitive Behavior-Based Healing Programs Using Mobile Apps. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 3334. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073334

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Hwang WJ, Jo HH. Development and Effects of Cognitive Behavior-Based Healing Programs Using Mobile Apps. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(7):3334. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073334

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Hwang, Won J., and Hyun H. Jo. 2021. "Development and Effects of Cognitive Behavior-Based Healing Programs Using Mobile Apps" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 7: 3334. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073334

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