ResearchProjects

Integrating Behavioral Skills with a Mobile Biosensor for At-Risk Teen Mothers
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: March 2012 - February 2016
Principal Investigator: Leonard, Noelle
Principal Investigator: Gwadz, Marya
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Adolescent mothers experience multiple risk factors that put them at risk for developing poor emotion regulation abilities, which can later affect their capacity to engage in sensitive and responsive parenting. This project examines the efficacy of an intervention, Power Source Parenting (PSP), for adolescent mothers at-risk that builds skills in effective parenting, regulating emotions, avoiding risk behaviors, and building supportive relationships. The PSP intervention trains adolescent mothers at risk (AMARs) in mindfulness meditation and social cognitive skills in group sessions and integrates innovative mobile technology (biosensor wrist bands and smart phone texts and voice images) to help improve emotional regulatory abilities. The PSP intervention may be a powerful tool in helping adolescent mothers at-risk improve parenting skills and build supportive relationships.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER
Related Publications
Leonard NR, Casarjian B, Fletcher RR, Prata C, Sherpa D, Rajan S, Salaam R, Cleland CM, Gwadz MV (2018).
Theoretically-based emotion regulation strategies using a mobile app and wearable sensor among homeless adolescent mothers: Acceptability and feasibility study
JMIIR Pediatrics and Parenting, 1 (1), e1. doi: 10.2196/pediatrics.9037. PMCID: PMC6326370.

Rajan S, Leonard N, Fletcher R, Casarjian B, Casarjian R, Cisse C, Gwadz M (2012).
Ambulatory autonomic activity monitoring among at-risk adolescent mothers
Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine, 1 (3), 25-31. doi: 10.7309/jmtm.19. PMCID: PMC363459.