Intelligent Configuration of Social Support Networks Around Depressed Persons
Helping someone who is depressed can be very important to the depressed person. A number of supportive family members or friends can often make a big difference. This paper addresses how a social support network can be formed, taking the needs of the support recipient and the possibilities of the potential support providers into account. To do so, dynamic models about the preferences and needs of both support providers and support recipients are exploited. The outcome of this is used as input for a configuration process of a support network. In a case study, it is show how such an intelligently formed network results in a reduced long term stress level.
KeywordsAgent-Based Modeling Configuration Cognitive Models Social Support Networks Unipolar Depression
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.Adelman, M.B., Parks, M.R., Albrecht, T.L.: Beyond close relationships: support in weak ties. In: Albrecht, T.L., Adelman, M.B. (eds.) Communicating Social Support, pp. 126–147 (1987)Google Scholar
- 3.Aziz, A.A., Klein, M.C.A., Treur, J.: An Agent Model for a Human’s Social Support Network Tie Preference during Unipolar Depression. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT 2009), pp. 301–306. IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos (2009)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
- 5.Burleson, B.R.: Emotional Support Skills. In: Handbook of Communication and Social Interaction Skills, pp. 551–594 (2003)Google Scholar
- 11.Helgeson, V.S.: Social Support and Quality of Life. Supplement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Health-Related Quality of Life, vol. 12, pp. 25–31 (2003)Google Scholar
- 13.Stumptner, M.: An Overview of Knowledge-Based Configuration. AI Communications 10, 111–125 (1997)Google Scholar