Effectiveness of "Rasaku" Mood-Monitoring App to Prevent Depression Tendency among College Students
Depression is known as a common and severe mental disorder due to its high prevalence in the world, especially among emerging adult college students. This possibly due to the transitional period which emerging adult students experienced in academic, social, or economic aspects. Inability to overcome this developmental period could potentially cause depression symptoms. Additionally, the stigmatization of mental disorders also exacerbates emerging adult students’ intention to seek help. Therefore, technology with its rapid development were expected to contribute in preventing depression, one of which through mood-monitoring app. This study aimed to assess effectiveness of “Rasaku” mood-monitoring app to prevent depression tendency among college students. A quasi-experimental study with two-group pre-test post-test conducted with 51 participants assigned in the experimental and control groups for 1-week period. Participants were college students with age between 18-25. Data were analyzed using paired sample t-tests. Results showed no significant differences in the usage of mood-monitoring app in the experimental group. Thus, “Rasaku” app might be less effective in preventing depression symptoms among emerging adult college students. Albeit it is important to note that this was a pilot study to test the app effectiveness, therefore current results could be used as reference for future studies.
Copyright (c) 2023 Vania Ardelia, Endang Lestari, Amjodti Laily Agindaris, Rayyan Nur Fauzan
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Authors who publish with us agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the publisher right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this proceeding.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the proceeding's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this proceeding.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories, pre-prints sites or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater dissemination of published work