Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):
G. Fitzpatrick, P. Slovak, F. Tachtler, T. Michel:
"Building bridges: Technology-Enabled Mental Health and Wellbeing";
Talk: 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP2018),
- 2018-06-30; in: "Book of Abstracts, of 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP2018)",
Paper ID 539,
Background: Along with Positive Psychology (PP), the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) field is also interested in promoting mental health and wellbeing . However, there is no systematic understanding in either field of how to translate underlying mechanisms of PP interventions (PPIs)  into various technology design choices. Further, moving technology- enabled interventions from controlled studies into everyday life creates new evaluation chal- lenges, e.g., the impact of individual design decisions and of context on effectiveness. We argue for stronger research bridges between our fields that can advance both technology and intervention design.
Aim: The broader aim is to open up a dialogue with PP researchers/practitioners and to ground this in two examples. One example illustrates a process for abstracting a conceptual framework that links to both theory and technology design. This is about social emotional skills learning (SEL)  and a bridging conceptual framework called the `reflective practi- cum´ . The second example illustrates new possibilities for delivering PPIs. In a current project to support technology-enabled mental health for young people (TEAM), we explore a) how to exploit modalities beyond text/speech for PPIs, to reach youth regardless of lan- guage and b) how to create a technology toolkit of such PPIs with evidence-based compo- nents, to address challenges of engagement and hedonic adaptation .
Method: The case studies are undertaken within an HCI tradition as iterative reflective engagements with experts and users, going from design through formative evaluations.
Results: The results will reflect on the underlying psychological motivations, key design decisions, and lessons learnt to date including open questions.
Conclusions: Technology has the potential to make PPIs available at scale but it is a non- trivial matter to design good technology-enabled PPIs that are delivering to the underlying psychological mechanisms and fitting into people´s lives. Collaboration is key.
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