Study of Parent Text Programme

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Parent and/or Primary Caregivers who are caring for a child between 10-15yrs are invited to take part in a new study of text-based mobile programme; 'MyTeen'. 'MyTeen' promotes positive parenting and mental health awareness, and the study is designed to find out if it is effective and works.

The programme provides instructional, informational and emotional support. This includes evidence-based information on common youth mental health concerns, treatment options, strategies to help parents communicate with their teen, parent self-care, and useful resources. 

Who can take part in the study?

Are/Do you:

  • a parent or primary caregiver for a child aged between 10-15 years?
  • have access to a mobile phone and computer?
  • not currently receiving any professional assistance for your child’s mental health?
  • willing to participate in a study for four weeks?
  • provide follow-up information at one and three months (via online questionnaire)?
Parents will be in One of Two Groups:

Group 1 will receive the 'MyTeen' programme over four weeks (1 daily text message), then provide follow up info online at one and three months.

Group 2 will receive no texts, and also complete questionnaires at one and three months (but receive the 'MyTeen' programme after).

And for your help...

Upon completion of the study, all parents or primary caregivers in both groups receive a $20 petrol voucher, and will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a $150 supermarket voucher.


If you are interested in hearing more, download the study flyer (click here) or contact or call 0800 367 6444

The 'MyTeen' study is being undertaken by researchers at the National Institute for Health Innovation, The University of Auckland and is funded by A Better Start Cure Kids grant. The lead investigator is Dr Joanna Chu.