Journal article

The Digital Therapeutic Alliance and Human-Computer Interaction

Simon D'Alfonso, Reeva Lederman, Sandra Bucci, Katherine Berry

JMIR Mental Health | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2020


The therapeutic alliance (TA), the relationship that develops between a therapist and a client/patient, is a critical factor in the outcome of psychological therapy. As mental health care is increasingly adopting digital technologies and offering therapeutic interventions that may not involve human therapists, the notion of a TA in digital mental health care requires exploration. To date, there has been some incipient work on developing measures to assess the conceptualization of a digital TA for mental health apps. However, the few measures that have been proposed have more or less been derivatives of measures from psychology used to assess the TA in traditional face-to-face therapy. This c..

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