Managing Depression through a Behavior Change Support System without Face-to-Face Therapy

  • Sitwat Langrial
  • Harri Oinas-Kukkonen
  • Päivi Lappalainen
  • Raimo Lappalainen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8462)


We present results from a study that examines impact of persuasive reminders and virtual rehearsal on the effectiveness of a Behavior Change Support System. Good Life Compass is a web-based BCSS aimed at supporting people with mild to moderate depression without face-to-face therapy. The content of virtual rehearsal were drawn from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Eligible participants were randomized into an intervention study and a control (wait-list) group. In this paper, both groups shall be reported as intervention group 1 and 2 respectively. For data collection, we employed semi-structured questionnaires and post-study interviews. As a result, participants acknowledged persuasive reminders as being helpful in completing weekly tasks and virtual rehearsal as an effective technique for learning new behaviors.


Behavior Change Support Systems Acceptance and Commitment Therapy persuasive reminders virtual rehearsal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sitwat Langrial
    • 1
  • Harri Oinas-Kukkonen
    • 1
  • Päivi Lappalainen
    • 2
  • Raimo Lappalainen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information Processing ScienceUniversity of OuluOuluFinland
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of JyväskyläFinland

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