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Text Box 3 Deletion of data and other reasons for low data capture

From: Passive sensing on mobile devices to improve mental health services with adolescent and young mothers in low-resource settings: the role of families in feasibility and acceptability

The family of a depressed mother (19–22 years) lived in a temporary squatter settlement without electricity near the jungle. They agreed to participate, but due to lack of electricity they charged their mobile phones at a neighbor’s house. The participant was concerned that the device may get stolen and worried about needing to cover its expenses. The study team provided her with a power bank to charge the mobile and assured her and her family not to worry if something happened to the device, there would be no financial consequence. The provision of a power bank helped to keep the mobile running for a longer period of time. We collected 73.9% of activity, 41.6% of audio, 10.5% of GPS, and 29.0% of proximity data from the mother. The low GPS data collection was a result of excessive data usage. During data collection, we relied only on mobile data to collect GPS. This and other similar situations where mothers ran out of prepaid data prompted us to change the connectivity so that the phones had direct connection to the satellite. There was lower audio and proximity data collection in comparison to her activity data. In our qualitative interviews, the mother shared that her husband and mother-in-law listened to the audio files and deleted the ones that had their voices. Another reason for her relatively low data capture was that the proximity data collection was interrupted when the Bluetooth was turned off on the phone, which was another reason for the low data collection. The participant’s husband used to turn off the Bluetooth and keep the mobile for his own entertainment purposes due to which proximity data was interrupted.