Communicating "What's Not Said": Mobile Apps for Psychological Wellbeing

@article{Barry2016CommunicatingN,
  title={Communicating "What's Not Said": Mobile Apps for Psychological Wellbeing},
  author={Marguerite Barry and Kevin Doherty and Gavin Doherty},
  journal={Int. J. Sociotechnology Knowl. Dev.},
  year={2016},
  volume={8},
  pages={46-55}
}
Technologies designed to access our personal worlds have the potential to profoundly influence the way we live and to promote human flourishing. They also require an ethical approach to their design that takes human values into account. Mobile technologies for psychological wellbeing present particular challenges that require a sustainable approach to ethical reflection from early in the design process. This paper offers insights into ethical approaches to design, through projects that explore… 

Selling Glossy, Easy Futures: A Feminist Exploration of Commercial Mental-Health-focused Self-Care Apps’ Descriptions in the Google Play Store

TLDR
The findings indicate that commercial self-care apps portray themselves as “future creating” tools for individual self-discovery, but they also create narratives that propagate an overly simplistic, individualistic and potentially harmful view of mental distress.

Respawn, Reload, Relate

TLDR
This paper reports on a participatory workshop series that sets out to further illuminate the connection between games, self-care and mental health from a humanistic, person-centred perspective and showcases how participants actively "re-frame" games for self- care.

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 21 REFERENCES

A Feminist HCI Approach to Designing Postpartum Technologies: "When I first saw a breast pump I was wondering if it was a joke"

TLDR
An analysis of data collected from a design process that included over 1,000 mother-submitted ideas to improve the breast pump is presented, a technology that allows mothers around the world to collect and store their breast milk.

Blended, Not Bossy: Ethics Roles, Responsibilities and Expertise in Design

TLDR
Four provocations are explored that imagine different roles and responsibilities for moral and ethical reasoning on design teams: participatory design, values advocates, value advocates and embedding values discussions within design and encouraging ‘moral exemplars’ within design.

Design and evaluation guidelines for mental health technologies

Values Levers

As information systems transform our world, computer scientists design affordances that influence the uses and impacts of these technological objects. This article describes how the practices of

Values as lived experience: evolving value sensitive design in support of value discovery

TLDR
Three empirical case studies are presented that illustrate a family of methods to effectively engage local expressions of values in Value Sensitive Design and provide evidence of how the VSD methodology can be matured to mitigate the pitfalls of classification and engender a commitment to reflect on and respond to local contexts of design.

What we talk about when we talk about interactivity: Empowerment in public discourse

TLDR
A mixed methods analysis reveals different ‘modes’ of interactivity in discourse and offers a new model for understanding interactivity and empowerment based on the potential in communications for action, context, strategies and outcomes.

Living, and thinking about it: two perspectives on life

It is a common assumption of everyday conversation that people can provide accurate answers to questions about their feelings, both past (e.g. 'How was your vacation?') and current (e.g. 'Does this

MoodLine and MoodMap: Designing a Mood Function for a Mobile Application with and for Young Patients

Tracking mood or emotional experiences over time is a popular function found in mobile health applications. In this study, young patients with chronic health challenges consider this also an

Systematic review of patients' participation in and experiences of technology-based monitoring of mental health symptoms in the community

TLDR
Qualitative feedback suggests that acceptability of monitoring is related to perceived validity, ease of practice, convenient technology, appropriate frequency and helpfulness of feedback, as well as the impact of monitoring on participants’ ability to manage health and personal relationships.

Fieldwork for requirements: Frameworks for mobile healthcare applications