Research Summary

Program for Effective mHealth interventions in under-resourced settings for adolescents.

India is home to 240 million adolescents and the proportion who drink alcohol is rising. POWERTXT-D is designed to use simple and innovative technology such as mobile phone messaging to help adolescents change their problematic drinking behaviour. It’s about harnessing and demonstrating the POWER in a TXT message! I plan to do this by first finding out what people know about problematic drinking in adolescents and to use this information to develop/adapt brief interventions to help adolescents change their problematic drinking behaviour. This project has the potential to influence policy in India through the national RKSK (Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram) programme for adolescent health, which has emphasized among other things interventions for mental disorders and well-being.