MARSSI

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Organization

Boston Children’s Hospital

Project Team

Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, Project Director
Laika Arguinaldo, LICSW, PhD Candidate, CB Skills Trainer
Sarah Parker
Cassandra Jonestrask
Allegra Spaulding

Project Summary

The Momentary Affect Regulation – Safer Sex Intervention (MARSSI) is being developed to reduce unintended pregnancy among young women with depression. MARSSI combines brief clinic-based sexual risk reduction counseling and cognitive-behavioral skill teaching with mobile self-monitoring and responsive messaging upon report of poor affective states and maladaptive cognitive states. The MARSSI program will capitalize on the advantages of in-person counseling, while keeping this resource-intensive component brief. The use of mobile technology will apply real-time self-monitoring and context-responsive intervention in the daily lives of the young women with depression served through this program.

Impact on Teen Pregnancy Prevention

This project combines brief clinic-based sexual risk reduction counseling and cognitive-behavioral skill teaching with mobile self-monitoring and responsive text messaging upon report of poor affective states and mal-adaptive cognitive states.