The Centre for Social Sciences Research (CSSR) and the  Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa  (IDCPPA) at the University of Cape Town invite you to join us for a lunchtime seminar on 23 April 2024 at 12:45pm. The seminar will be presented by Nicole Chetty.

About the Seminar:

ParentApp for Teens: Investigating Caregiver and Adolescent Mental Health Using Pilot Results and RCT Design

This presentation will delve into the impact of a digital parenting programme, ParentApp for Teens, on both caregiver and adolescent mental health. Beginning with the caregiver perspective, we explore how the digital intervention influences parental stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms. Transitioning to the adolescent side, we will examine the ripple effects of improved caregiver support on adolescent mental health outcomes. By encouraging open communication, emotional regulation, and a supportive family environment, ParentApp for Teens serves as a catalyst for enhancing resilience and mitigating the stressors commonly faceo by adolescents. Furthermore, as part of my MPhil, insights will be provided into the ongoing randomised controlled trial (RCT) of ParentApp for Teens in Tanzania, shedding light on the study's design and methodology. I will share an overview of my study protocol, specifically looking at the mental health outcomes and user engagement with mindfulness exercises in the app. Ultimately, this presentation underscores the critical role of caregiver involvement in promoting positive mental health outcomes for both caregivers and adolescents. By leveraging digital interventions such as ParentApp for Teens, we aspire to empower families with the tools and support needed to navigate the challenges of adolescence with resilience and strength.


Nicole, an MPhil candidate at the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, works on the ParentApp for Teens project.

Passionate about implementing impactful interventions, she is passionate about improving mental health outcomes. She has a particular interest in parental and adolescent mental health, and bridging the theory with practice through evidence-based strategies.

 23 April 2024
 12:45 - 14:00 SAST
  CSSR Seminar Room, 4.29 Robert Leslie Social Science Building, UCT
Join online here

Hosted by the Centre for Social Science Research and the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa