Online Program

Transforming evidence into better prevention for adolescent dating violence: The better me app

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Vipavee Thongpriwan, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Yi Hu, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Behnam Azimi, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Moulesh Bhandary, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Yanke Hu, IBM, San Francisco, CA
Purpose: This study describes the development process of the Better Me mobile application (app), which can potentially improve the prevention of adolescent dating violence. Methods: A cognitive-behavior theory and the Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationship Inventory were chosen to guide the app development. To achieve the high level of transferability, a team of interdisciplinary researchers reviewed the app content and features to determine its appropriateness for use by a wide range of adolescents. The app is undergoing testing in a laboratory at a Midwestern university. Results: The Better Me app has five main tabs: My Relationship, Chart, Calendar, Get Help, and Setting. The features of My Relationship, Chart, and Calendar are designed to help adolescents to recognize early signs of relationship violence by (a) monitoring the relationship, (b) presenting quantifiable feedback about potential and/or actual violence, and (c) receiving a danger text-sound alert when an abusive act was recorded. A reminder alert can be timed every 24 hrs. To prepare for immediate assistance, the Get Help feature encourages adolescents create a “circle of trust” by listing the contact numbers of three trusted persons whom he/she can call/text/email within seconds in case of an emergency. The app also provides an option to contact the National Dating Abuse Helpline if needed. Conclusion: With the strength of the Better Me app, we look forward to providing a prevention tool for adolescent dating violence. This app has significant potential for further development and expanded capabilities to help prevent other types of violence.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics

Learning Objectives:
Describe a mobile application that potentially uses for prevention of dating violence.

Keyword(s): Adolescent Health, Violence Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal of this mobile app development project to prevent dating violence. I was a faculty member in my native Thailand and taught various theoretical and clinical courses on mental health and psychiatric nursing. I also provided support for a variety of global collaborations, including research, nursing curriculum development, and student exchange programs with her nursing colleagues. My research interests are in mental health, qualitative research, interpersonal violence, and cross-cultural methods.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.