The design and development of music eScape: A new iPhone mood management music App

Stoyanov, Stoyan R., Hides, Leanne, Dingle, Genevieve, Tjondronegoro, Dian, Zelenko, Oksana, Papinczak, Zoe, Koh, Desmond, Edge, Steven, & Kavanagh, David (2014) The design and development of music eScape: A new iPhone mood management music App. In Young and Well CRC Connect 2014, 20-21 February 2014, Melbourne, Vic.

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The physical, emotional, educational and social developmental challenges of adolescence can be associated with high levels of emotional vulnerability. Thus, the development of effective emotion-regulation strategies is crucial during this time period. Young people commonly use music to identify, express and regulate their emotions. Modern mobile technology provides an engaging, easily accessible means of assisting young people through music. A systematic contextual review identified 20 iPhone applications addressing emotions through music and two independent raters, using the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS), evaluated the quality of the apps. Their characteristics, key features and overall quality will be presented. Three participatory design workshops (N=13, 6 males, 7 females; age 15-25) were conducted to explore young people’s use of music to enhance wellbeing. Young people were also asked to trial existing mood and music apps and to conceptualise their ultimate mood targeting music application. A thematic analysis of the participatory design workshops content identified the following music affect-regulation strategies: relationship building, modifying cognitions, modifying emotions, and immersing in emotions. The application of the key learnings from the mobile app review and participatory design workshops and the design and development of the music eScape app were presented and implications for future research was discussed.

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ID Code: 71735
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: design, health, mobile app, young people, Young and Well CRC
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
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Deposited On: 09 Jun 2015 02:58
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