Assessing mental health issues on college campuses: Preliminary findings from a pilot study

Vincent W.S. Tseng, Saeed Abdullah, Michael Merrill, Min Hane Aung, Franziska Wittleder, Tanzeem Choudhury

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Abstract

A significant fraction of college students suffer from serious mental health issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thought. The prevalence and severity of these issues among college students also appear to increase over time. However, most of these issues often remain undiagnosed, and as a result, untreated. One of the main reasons of this gap between illness and treatment results from the lack of reliable data over time. While health care services in college campuses have been focusing on detection of illness onset and appropriate interventions, their tools are mostly manual surveys which often fail to capture the granular details of contexts and behaviors which might provide important cues about illness onset. To overcome the limitations of these manual tools, we deployed a smartphone based tool or unobtrusive and continuous data collection from 22 students during an academic semester. In this paper, we present the preliminary findings from our study about assessing mental health on college campuses using passively sensed smartphone data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUbiComp 2016 Adjunct - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1200-1208
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450344623
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 12 2016
Event2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2016 - Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: Sep 12 2016Sep 16 2016

Publication series

NameUbiComp 2016 Adjunct - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

Other

Other2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2016
CountryGermany
CityHeidelberg
Period9/12/169/16/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Tseng, V. W. S., Abdullah, S., Merrill, M., Aung, M. H., Wittleder, F., & Choudhury, T. (2016). Assessing mental health issues on college campuses: Preliminary findings from a pilot study. In UbiComp 2016 Adjunct - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (pp. 1200-1208). (UbiComp 2016 Adjunct - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2968219.2968308