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Mobile Tracking of Young Peoples Experiences

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    Note: this is a past research project that is now complete.


    This study uses a diary run on mobile phones to track what young people do from day-to-day. It is the first study worldwide to combine the technology of mobile phones and a diary that gets information as it occurs.

    Information is captured about:

    • Mood
    • Stress
    • Friends
    • Activities
    • Enjoyment
    • Alcohol

    The diary is easy-to-use and youth friendly. It starts by itself and allows young people to text in their own answers or select from a list.

    Young people in schools around Victoria and in Melbourne clinics are involved in this study.


    • Beyondblue
    • MCRI
    • AERF
    • Fresh Innovators
    • Telstra Foundation
    • Windermere Fellowship

    We have also received support from:

    • Telstra Corporation
    • Crazy John's Mobile Phones


    Dr Sophie Reid


    Reid, S. C., Kauer, S. D., Hearps, S. J., Crooke, A. H., Khor, A. S., Sanci, L. A., & Patton, G. C. (2013). A mobile phone application for the assessment and management of youth mental health problems in primary care: health service outcomes from a randomised controlled trial of mobiletype. BMC family practice14(1), 84.

    Reid, S. C., Kauer, S. D., Dudgeon, P., Sanci, L. A., Shrier, L. A., & Patton, G. C. (2009). A mobile phone program to track young people’s experiences of mood, stress and coping. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology44(6), 501-507. Link