Predicting Mental Health Status in Remote and Rural Farming Communities

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Australians living in rural and remote areas are at elevated risk of mental health problems and must overcome barriers to help seeking, such as poor access, stigma, and entrenched stoicism. e-Mental health services circumvent such barriers using technology, and text-based services are particularly well suited to clients concerned with privacy and self-presentation. They allow the client to reflect on the therapy session after it has ended as the chat log is stored on their device. The text also offers researchers an opportunity to analyze language use patterns and explore how these relate to mental health status.

Client-therapist text messages were analyzed using the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count tool. We examined whether the resulting word counts related to the participants’ presenting problems or their self-ratings of mental health at the completion of counseling. The results confirmed that word use patterns could be used to differentiate whether a client had one of the top 3 presenting problems (depression, anxiety, or stress) and, prospectively, to predict their self-rated mental health after counseling had been completed.

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Antoniou M, Estival D, Lam-Cassettari C,Li W, Dwyer A, Neto AdA

Predicting Mental Health Status in Remote and Rural Farming Communities: Computational Analysis of Text-Based Counseling

JMIR Form Res 2022;6(6):e33036

doi: 10.2196/33036PMID: 35727623