Plant Robot for At-Home Behavioral Activation Therapy Reminders to Young Adults with Depression

Ashwin Sadananda Bhat, Christiaan Boersma, Max Jan Meijer, Maaike Dokter, Ernst Bohlmeijer*, Jamy Li

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Abstract

Adolescents with depression who participate in behavioral activation therapy may find it hard to be motivated to perform tasks at home that their therapists recommend. We describe the initial design and usability evaluation of a home device ("PlantBot") that could be used to remind young adults with depression at home of their behavioral activation therapy-related tasks. The prototype features electronics in a two-layer base, with a fake plant on top and supported using the Amazon Echo voice agent. We use an online panel study to evaluate the usability of our system with youth with past depression (N = 30). Initial findings highlight the device's usability, potential benefit, and attractiveness of the plant component, as well as multiple improvements to be made.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20
Number of pages21
JournalACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • adolescent
  • Amazon Echo
  • Behavioral activation therapy
  • depression
  • Internet of Things
  • plant robot
  • voice agent
  • young adult
  • UT-Hybrid-D

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