ISSN 2586-0151 (Print)
ISSN 2586-0046 (Online)
Volume 14, Number 2 (2/2018)
Original Article <page. 135-41 >

Use of Mobile Mental Health Application for Self-Assessment of Psychiatric Symptoms

Jeong-Hee Woo, MD1;Sang-Jun Lee2;Eun-Ji Kim, MD1,3;Jong-Il Park, MD, PhD1,2,3;Jong-Chul Yang, MD, PhD1,3;Tae-Won Park, MD, PhD1,3; and SangKeun Chung, MD, PhD1,2,3;

1;Department of Psychiatry, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju, 2;Jeonju Mental Health Welfare Center, Jeonju, 3;Research Institute of Clinical Medicine of Chonbuk National University-Biomedical Research Institute of Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju, Korea

Objective : This study evaluated the role of smartphone application in the self-assessment of three psychiatric symptoms: stress, depression, and suicidal ideation.

Methods : A total of 5,646 respondents were evaluated with three scales (Perceived Stress Scale, PSS, Center for Epidemiologic Study for Depression, CES-D, Scale for Suicidal Ideation, SSI) via smartphone application 'mindscan'. We analyzed the sociodemographic variables, the levels of three symptoms, and the association between the scores on all three scales.

Results : The mean total scores of PSS, CES-D, and SSI were 24.86, 35.15, and 18.03, respectively. Women showed significantly higher scores on PSS, CES-D, and SSI when compared with men. Younger users showed a significantly higher score on all three scales when compared with older users. The scores on all three scales were higher than in other studies with off-line surveys. The PSS was positively correlated with CES-D (r=0.690), and with SSI (r=0.367). The CES-D was positively correlated with SSI (r=0.540).

Conclusions : A smartphone application for mental health based on three scales (PSS, CES-D, and SSI) is a relatively useful screening tool compared with off-line general population surveys. The association between the three scales reflects the relationship between the three psychiatric symptoms observed in clinical practice.


Key words : Mental health;Smartphone;Stress;Depression;Suicidal ideation.

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