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“Now i can see me” designing a multi-user virtual reality remote psychotherapy for body weight and shape concerns

Matsangidou, Maria, Otkhmezuri, Boris, Ang, Chee Siang, Avraamides, Marios, Riva, Giuseppe, Gaggioli, Andrea, Iosif, Despoina, Karekla, Maria (2020) “Now i can see me” designing a multi-user virtual reality remote psychotherapy for body weight and shape concerns. Human-Computer Interaction, . ISSN 0737-0024. E-ISSN 1532-7051. (doi:10.1080/07370024.2020.1788945) (KAR id:82244)

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Abstract

Recent years have seen a growing research interest towards designing computer-assisted health interventions aiming to improve mental health services. Digital technologies are becoming common methods for diagnosis, therapy, and training. With the advent of lower-cost VR head-mounted-displays (HMDs) and high internet data transfer capacity, there is a new opportunity for applying immersive VR tools to augment existing interventions. This study is among the first to explore the use of a Multi-User Virtual Reality (MUVR) system as a therapeutic medium for participants at high-risk for developing Eating Disorders. This paper demonstrates the positive effect of using MUVR remote psychotherapy to enhance traditional therapeutic practices. The study capitalises on the opportunities which are offered by a MUVR remote psychotherapeutic session to enhance the outcome of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy and Exposure Therapy for sufferers with body shape and weight concerns. Moreover, the study presents the design opportunities and challenges of such technology, while strengths on the feasibility, and the positive user acceptability of introducing MUVR to facilitate remote psychotherapy. Finally, the appeal of using VR for remote psychotherapy and its observed positive impact on both therapists and participants is discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/07370024.2020.1788945
Uncontrolled keywords: Multi-User Virtual Reality; Remote Psychotherapy; High-risk for Eating Disorders
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.9.H85 Human computer interaction
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Chee Siang Ang
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2020 07:22 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/82244 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ang, Chee Siang: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1109-9689
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