Involvement as a working mechanism for persuasive technology

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Internet interventions have been shown to be effective for treatment of mental health complaints. Although non-adherence poses a problem, persuasive technology might be a solution. However, there is limited insight in how and why technology may lead to more adherence and effectiveness. This study explores the role of involvement in a Behavior Change Support System (BCSS) for treatment of depression. Involvement is seen as an important factor in the success of treatment, but has received little research attention. This study expands on an earlier study and uses self-reported data to explore differences between versions of the BCSS on involvement. The results show that involvement and adherence are related, but involvement outperforms adherence as predictor for effectiveness. This underlines the importance of involvement: it may be a working mechanism of persuasive technology and may be used as an early measure to assess whether the intervention is likely to reach its goals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersuasive Technology
EditorsThomas MacTavish, Santosh Basapur
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2015
Event10th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2015 - Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, Chicago, United States
Duration: 3 Jun 20155 Jun 2015
Conference number: 10

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, PERSUASIVE 2015
Abbreviated titlePERSUASIVE
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Other04-06-2015 - 05-06-2015


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  • IR-98375


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