Journal article

Support for Carers of Young People with Mental Illness: Design and Trial of a Technology-Mediated Therapy

Reeva Lederman, John Gleeson, Greg Wadley, Simon D'Alfonso, Simon Rice, Olga Santesteban-Echarri, Mario Alvarez-Jimenez

ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction | ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY | Published : 2019


In this article, we show how a technology-mediated mental health therapy involving psycho-education, therapist moderators, and social networking can provide support for carers of young people with mental illness. This multi-faceted tool provides opportunities for users to adapt the system to their needs, leading us to refocus the goal of treatment adherence toward a relatively new phenomenon in HCI, concordance, which has not previously been examined in the HCI literature in relation to online mental-health tools. Concordance shares important links with the development of therapeutic alliance, which is centrally important to mental health therapy, and to Self-Determination Theory (SDT), whic..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by a Service Improvement Project Grant administered by Headspace National Office. M. Alvarez-Jimenez was supported by a Career Development Fellowship (APP1082934) from the National Health and Medical Research Council.