Towards Thriving: Extending Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Wilson, C., Draper, S. , Brereton, M. and Johnson, D. (2017) Towards Thriving: Extending Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. In: 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, Brisbane, Australia, 28 Nov - 01 Dec 2017, pp. 285-295. ISBN 9781450353793 (doi: 10.1145/3152771.3152802)

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Positive Psychology suggests that every one of us has the potential to increase our psychological wellbeing, while Positive Computing endeavours to develop technologies to support wellbeing and human potential. One such technology, Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT), has been found to be effective in increasing wellbeing for individuals with diagnosed mental health conditions. However, its ability to improve wellbeing in people without pre-existing mental health conditions is less well understood. To explore use in this population, an 8-week long user trial of a CCBT programme was conducted. Results provided insight into CCBT's ability to; increase subjective wellbeing; increase empathy for individuals who do experience mental health conditions; enhance self-reflection; increase positive behaviour change; and increase motivation to action. In lieu of perpetually creating new health technologies, we suggest a design approach which explores the extension and repurposing of existing evidence-based technologies to support and enhance the wellbeing of previously unintended populations. We found CCBT to be a tool which could contribute to the wellbeing of wider society from a preventative, proactive and positive perspective.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Draper, Dr Steve
Authors: Wilson, C., Draper, S., Brereton, M., and Johnson, D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Publisher:ACM Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OZCHI '17): 285-295
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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