Adolescent Responses to COVID-19 (ARC)

The Adolescent Responses to COVID-19 (ARC) study aims to examine adolescents' patterns of social connectedness during the COVID-19 pandemic and impacts on adolescent mental health through a mobile app and smartwatch.

2020 - 2022

Primary Study

PIs: Alissa Davis and Susan Rosenthal

The Adolescent Responses to COVID-19 (ARC) study aims to examine adolescents' patterns of social connectedness during the COVID-19 pandemic and impacts on adolescent mental health. The study also will examine the extent to which adolescents' daily measures of social connectedness, isolation, and social media use align with adolescents' daily mood, mental health status, alcohol and substance use (collected through a mobile app) and with physiological measures (e.g. stress, sleep) collected through smartwatches.

This study focuses on identifying various adolescent mental health needs among a racially/ethnically diverse population of adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers will evaluate how adolescents of different racial/ethnic minorities and genders are using and interpreting the biofeedback they receive from their smart watches and content from their smartphones. This data will help the team develop and tailor a just-in-time mental health intervention that addresses the needs of racial/ethnic minority adolescents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Research

Doctoral student Sara Landers, funded by the Columbia University Irving Institute's NIH TL1 Precision Medicine Program, will expand on this study by examining to what extent physiological measures of stress on the Garmin watch align with adolescent self-reported measures of stress. 

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