Changing perceptions on technological therapy

Dr Jessica Edwards


Jessica received her MA in Biological Sciences and her DPhil in Neurobehavioural Genetics from the University of Oxford (Magdalen College). After completing her post-doctoral research, she moved into scientific editing and publishing, first working for Spandidos Publications (London, UK) and then moving to Nature Publishing Group. Jessica is now a freelance editor and science writer, and started writing for “The Bridge” in December 2017.

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Educating parents in computer-based therapies for youths with mental health disorders may improve uptake of this therapeutic modality by affected families. Parents who viewed a short presentation on computer-based therapies, reported an improved understanding of the rationale, benefits and helpfulness of this technique, compared to those who viewed an unrelated, control presentation.

Specifically, those with low confidence in using technology, demonstrated high gains in knowledge and perceived helpfulness, and parents considered “neurotic or less open” perceived fewer problems with this therapy after viewing the presentation. It remains to be determined whether changes in perception to computer-based therapy, made immediately following an educational presentation, are sustained and
boost uptake in children.

Sweeney, G. M., Donovan, C. L., March, S. & Laurenson, S. D. (2017), Can we improve parent attitudes and intentions to access computer-based therapies for their children and adolescents? Child Adolesc Ment Health, 22:155-162. doi:10.1111/camh.12180

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