Using Technology to Enhance and Expand Interventions for Couples and Families: Conceptual and Methodological Considerations

Brian D. Doss, Leah K. Feinberg, Karen Rothman, McKenzie K. Roddy, Jonathan S. Comer

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Abstract

Technological advances provide tremendous opportunities for couple and family interventions to overcome logistical, financial, and stigma-related barriers to treatment access. Given technology’s ability tofacilitate, augment, or at times even substitute for face-to-face interventions, it is important to considerthe appropriate role of different technologies in treatment and how that may vary across specific instancesof technology use. To that end, this article reviews the potential contributions of telemental health (aka,telehealth; e.g., videoconferencing to remotely deliver real-time services) and asynchronous behavioralintervention technologies (BITs; e.g., apps, web-based programs) for couple and family interventions.Design considerations—such as software and hardware requirements and recommendations, characteristicsof intended users, ways to maximize engagement, and tips for integrating therapists/coaches—areincluded for both types of technology-based intervention. We also present suggestions for the mosteffective recruitment and evaluation strategies for technology-based couple and family interventions.Finally, we present legal and ethical issues that are especially pertinent when integrating technology intocouple and family interventions

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)983-993
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Behavioral intervention technologies
  • Internet
  • Methodology
  • Telehealth
  • Telemental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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