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Reading between the lines: Detecting emotion-abstract language use in the web-based treatment “Look at your drinking”

Krstić, Marijana (2019) Reading between the lines: Detecting emotion-abstract language use in the web-based treatment “Look at your drinking”.

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Abstract:Language is an important mediator of psychotherapeutic processes. The proportion emotion-abstract language is reported as a valuable factor in achieving positive outcomes in therapy. In contemporary times, the context of psychotherapy is moving to virtual surroundings. The most promising results of web-based treatments so far are found in domain of addiction interventions. The tools LIWC and DAAP are text mining techniques that can identify emotion-abstraction related categories and Referential Activity (RA) in text. In this study, existing LIWC and DAAP programmes were applied to a sample of 9 clients involved in web-based intervention “Look at your drinking”, focused on excessive drinkers. Mixed methods approach enabled analysis of the obtained results within context. Results of the study show that in in web-based treatment for excessive drinkers social, cognitive, and affective processes are the most prevalent categories. RA is shown to be measurable in online surrounding, indicating how increased activity affected engagement of both clients and counsellors. RA emerged in cycles during the treatment, as identified in face-to-face treatments. Both LIWC and DAAP scores reach higher values within the same timeframe. In the light of collected data, emotion-abstract language shows promising results for further improvement of delivering web-based interventions.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77814
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