Design to promote mindfulness practice and sense of self for vulnerable women in secure hospital services

Anja Thieme, Jayne Wallace, Paula Johnson, John McCarthy, Siân Lindley, Peter Wright, Patrick Olivier, Thomas D. Meyer

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Abstract

In the field of mental health care technologies, very limited attention has been given to the design of interventions for individuals who undergo treatment for severe mental health problems in intense care contexts. Exploring novel designs to engage vulnerable psychiatric patients in therapeutic skills practice and expanding on the potential of technology to promote mental health, the paper introduces the design concept of the Spheres of Wellbeing. A set of interactive artifacts is developed specifically for women with a dual diagnosis of a Learning Disability and Borderline Personality Disorder, living in the medium secure services of a forensic hospital in the UK. The women present a difficult to treat group due to extremely challenging behaviors and a fundamental lack of motivation to engage in therapy. The Spheres are designed to assist the women in practices of mindfulness, to help them tolerate emotional distress and to strengthen their sense of self, all of which are vital components of their specialist treatment Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). The Spheres are intended to supplement the therapy of the women and to contribute to our understanding of designing technology to enhance mental wellbeing and quality of life more generally.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2013
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Pages2647-2656
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2013
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013
Conference number: 31st
https://chi2013.acm.org/program/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013
Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period27/04/132/05/13
OtherTheme: Changing Perspectives
Internet address

Keywords

  • Hospital
  • Interaction design
  • Materiality
  • Mental health technology
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Mindfulness
  • Sense of self

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Thieme, A., Wallace, J., Johnson, P., McCarthy, J., Lindley, S., Wright, P., ... Meyer, T. D. (2013). Design to promote mindfulness practice and sense of self for vulnerable women in secure hospital services. In CHI 2013: Changing Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2647-2656) https://doi.org/10.1145/2470654.2481366
Thieme, Anja ; Wallace, Jayne ; Johnson, Paula ; McCarthy, John ; Lindley, Siân ; Wright, Peter ; Olivier, Patrick ; Meyer, Thomas D. / Design to promote mindfulness practice and sense of self for vulnerable women in secure hospital services. CHI 2013: Changing Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 2013. pp. 2647-2656
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Design to promote mindfulness practice and sense of self for vulnerable women in secure hospital services. / Thieme, Anja; Wallace, Jayne; Johnson, Paula; McCarthy, John; Lindley, Siân; Wright, Peter; Olivier, Patrick; Meyer, Thomas D.

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