Informal caregivers disclose increasingly more to a social robot over time

Guy Laban, Val Morrison, Arvid Kappas, Emily S. Cross

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    Abstract

    Informal caregivers often struggle in managing to cope with both the stress and the practical demands of the caregiving situation. It has been suggested that digital solutions might be useful to monitor caregivers' health and well-being, by providing early intervention and support. Given the importance of self-disclosure for psychological health, here we aimed to investigate the potential of employing a social robot for eliciting self-disclosure among informal caregivers over time. We conducted a longitudinal experiment across a five-week period, measuring participants' disclosure duration (in seconds) and length (in number of words). Our preliminary results show a positive trend where informal caregivers speak for a longer time and share more information in their disclosures to a social robot across the five-week period. These results provide useful evidence supporting the potential deployment of social robots as intervention tools to help provide support for individuals suffering from stress and experiencing challenging life situations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI 2022
    Subtitle of host publicationextended abstracts of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Place of PublicationNew York, NY
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Pages1-7
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450391566
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022
    Event2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - New Orleans, United States
    Duration: 30 Apr 20225 May 2022

    Conference

    Conference2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Abbreviated titleCHI EA 2022
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityNew Orleans
    Period30/04/225/05/22

    Keywords

    • caregiving
    • Ecological Momentary Intervention
    • EMI
    • HRI
    • human-robot interaction
    • informal caregivers
    • intervention
    • self-disclosure
    • social robot
    • stress

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