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Acceptance and potential clinical added value of Sense-IT in forensic psychiatric patients with ASD and/or ID : a proof-of-concept study

Hubelitz, Jana (2019) Acceptance and potential clinical added value of Sense-IT in forensic psychiatric patients with ASD and/or ID : a proof-of-concept study.

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Abstract:Background: Everyone knows the feeling of increasing anger or arousal and the difficulties with self-control resulting from it. For people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disabilities (ID) this is even harder, because their ability to recognize and interpret arousal is impaired. This leads to a disproportionate representation of this group in prison and forensic care. The ambulatory biofeedback technology Sense-IT aims to encourage emotional awareness. In order to develop an intervention that targets this inability a proof-of-concept study with Sense-IT in forensic inpatient care was conducted. Objective: Aims of the study are to (1) establish possible necessary adaptions to the software and the research design in order to run a more elaborated controlled trial, (2) to detect obstacles regarding the technology, (3) to find a trend whether the level of aggression is positively affected by the use of Sense-IT aggression and (4) to examine the system usability of the Sense-IT app. Methods: This proof of concept study was designed as a mixed methods approach with semi structured interviews and three different questionnaires. The study was conducted with five participants suffering from ASD and ID, who were treated at FPA de Boog in Warnsveld. The approach consisted of 30 of baseline measurements of heart rate and 14 days of intervention. Results: One out of five participants benefited from the technology as evidenced by the results of SDAS-9. Overall the System Usability of Sense-IT was rated quite positive. However, participants experienced a substantial amount of obstacles during the interventions with Sense-IT.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Unknown organization, Bookholt
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/79424
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