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Loneliness in older people and COVID-19: Applying the social identity approach to digital intervention design

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posted on 2022-03-14, 11:35 authored by Avelie Stuart, Dmitri Katz, Clifford Stevenson, Daniel Gooch, Lydia Harkin, Mohamed Bennasar, Lisa Sanderson, Jacki Liddle, Amel Bennaceur, Mark Levine, Vikram Mehta, Akshika Wijesundara, Catherine Talbot, Arosha K. Bandara, Blaine Price, Bashar NuseibehBashar Nuseibeh
The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening loneliness for many older people through the challenges it poses in engaging with their social worlds. Digital technology has been offered as a potential aid, however, many popular digital tools have not been designed to address the needs of older adults during times of limited contact. We propose that the Social Identity Model of Identity Change (SIMIC) could be a foundation for digital loneliness interventions. While SIMIC is a well-established approach for maintaining wellbeing during life transitions, it has not been rigorously applied to digital interventions. There are known challenges to integrating psychological theory in the design of digital technology to enable efficacy, technology acceptance, and continued use. The interdisciplinary field of Human Computer Interaction has a history of drawing on models originating from psychology to improve the design of digital technology and to design technologies in an appropriate manner. Drawing on key lessons from this literature, we consolidate research and design guidelines for multidisciplinary research applying psychological theory such as SIMIC to digital social interventions for loneliness.

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Differential expression in the tissues of the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus L) under conditions of different salinity of water, the influence of epigenetic factors, the connection with the processes of evolutionary adaptation.

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Computers in Human Behavior Reports;6, 100179

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Elsevier

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peer-reviewed

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UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, SFI, Australian Research Council, Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

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English

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