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Development of MyTeen Text Messaging Program to Support Parents of Adolescents: Qualitative Study

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Parents play an important role in the lives of adolescents, and supporting and addressing the needs of families continue to be the focus of many researchers and policy makers. Mobile health interventions have great potential for supporting parents at a population level because of their broad reach and convenience. However, limited evidence exists for such interventions for parents of adolescents. This study reports on the formative work conducted with parents and/or primary caregivers to identify their needs and preferences for the development of MyTeen — an SMS text messaging program on promoting parental competence and mental health literacy for parents of adolescents (aged 10-15 years).

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