The self-help app My Grief : Bereaved parents' experiences of helpfulness, satisfaction and usability

Mobile health (mHealth) apps have been shown to be useful to monitor and reduce mental health problems across a variety of stress-related and affective disorders, yet research on the value of apps for prolonged grief is scarce. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to elucidate bereaved parents' experiences of using the self-help app My Grief with a focus on helpfulness, satisfaction, and usability. Data were derived from closed-ended and open-ended questions administered at the 3-month post-assessment of the intervention group (n = 67) within a randomized controlled trial testing the effects of access to the My Grief app.


The sample consisted of 88 % women, with a mean age of 47 years, who predominantly lost their child to cancer (41 %), on average 4.8 years ago. Participating parents indicated that the My Grief app helped them increase their knowledge about prolonged grief and track their grief over time. The app was experienced as easy to navigate and around half of the parents used the app more than one day a week. Almost all parents were satisfied with the app and would recommend it to other parents in similar situations. The findings add to the knowledge base justifying mHealth within support systems for bereaved adults.

Rakel Eklund, Maarten C. Eisma, Paul A. Boelen, Filip K. Arnberg, Josefin Sveen | 2024
In: Internet Interventions ; ISSN: 2214-7829 | 35 | march | 100712
Adults, Aged, Bereavement, Casuistry, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Coping Behavior, Instruments, Interventions, Mental health, Parents, Patient Satisfaction, Prolonged Grief Disorder, Psychiatrists, Quality of Life, Randomized Clinical Trial, Statistical Analysis, Telemedicine, Virtual Reality
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