Assessing Stress, Well-Being & Connectedness Across Three Generations Using Mobile Technologies

Assessing Stress, Well-Being & Connectedness Across Three Generations Using Mobile Technologies
This field-based pilot evaluates the use of mobile technologies to monitor stress, wellbeing and social connectedness among older parents and their adult children. Utilizing data and technology from the Research on Adaptive Interests, Skills and Environments Study (RAISE), the study uses mobile technologies to collect ecological momentary assessments (EMA) of daily stressors, interpersonal exchanges and stress-related biomarkers. It also field tests commercial, wearable devices that capture heart rate, skin temperature, movement and sleep quality in the participants.

The study also examines whether social connectedness and daily exchanges between family members buffers the negative effects of daily stressors on the health and wellbeing of the older adults. In an effort to optimize the EMA protocol delivery, study compliance and assessment quality, the pilot also conducts semi-structured exit interviews with the participants.

Academic Year
2015-2016
Primary Funding Agency
NIA/CPHA Pilot