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Adorina BethishouFollow

Major

Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

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Abstract

Mentoring programs, including Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), provide services that would otherwise be nearly unattainable to underprivileged youth. Technology-delivered interventions, or TDIs, provide new approaches to positive youth development by targeting and improving upon specific emotional and behavioral challenges through self-guided tools. Most adolescents struggle to continue using TDIs, but thrive when they are paired with face-to-face contact. Mentors, such as those in BBBS, provide the structure needed to help adolescents thrive. This study will monitor the effects of peer supportive accountability, a form of coaching, on youth mental health through the use of Mental Health apps (MHapps), specifically through an app called CheckMates. Mentors will engage mentees in real-world practice of adaptive skills and behaviors as well as monitor their mentees’ MHapp use to provide support as they engage in this skills-practice. I hypothesize that mentees will experience more positive mental health outcomes from MHapp use when paired with suppor

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Sarah Broner, Psychology; Maya Hareli, Psychology; Dr. Colleen Conley, Psychology

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Supportive Accountability in Mental-Health Mentoring of Youth

Mentoring programs, including Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), provide services that would otherwise be nearly unattainable to underprivileged youth. Technology-delivered interventions, or TDIs, provide new approaches to positive youth development by targeting and improving upon specific emotional and behavioral challenges through self-guided tools. Most adolescents struggle to continue using TDIs, but thrive when they are paired with face-to-face contact. Mentors, such as those in BBBS, provide the structure needed to help adolescents thrive. This study will monitor the effects of peer supportive accountability, a form of coaching, on youth mental health through the use of Mental Health apps (MHapps), specifically through an app called CheckMates. Mentors will engage mentees in real-world practice of adaptive skills and behaviors as well as monitor their mentees’ MHapp use to provide support as they engage in this skills-practice. I hypothesize that mentees will experience more positive mental health outcomes from MHapp use when paired with suppor