Using mobile technologies to capture adolescents' daily lives

The miLife study used mobile phones to capture the experiences, emotions and behaviors of young adolescents as they moved through their daily lives.  Adolescents in the study were provided with mobile devices and responded to surveys three times a day for 30 days.  Detailed information on prior experiences, relationships, behavior and health status was also gathered through an initial intake assessment in our research offices. One year later, adolescents were re-interviewed to assess changes in their educational and health status.  DNA was also collected to test whether some adolescents may be more responsive (or reactive) to stress in daily life.

Parents also participated by providing information on their child’s behavior, personality and early life history. Parents provided detailed information on their family history of mental and physical health problems, experiences and problems with substances, and the financial and social well being of the family. In addition, they participated in a semi-structured interview focused on issues related to the use of new technologies to monitor the activities and communicate with their children.

The miLife study was supported by funding from the William T. Grant Foundation, the Verizon Foundation and the University of California Athletics Department