Using Digital Puppetry to Prepare Physicians to Address Non-suicidal Self-injury Among Teens

Kathleen Ingraham, Charles E. Hughes, Lindsay A. Taliaferro, Nicholas Westers, Lisa Dieker, Michael Hynes

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Abstract

Research has shown that adolescents that engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) are at an increased risk of suicidal behavior. Primary care providers can help identify NSSI behaviors and assess suicide risk; however, many physicians report feeling underprepared to do so in a clinical environment. Thus, this simulated training experience was built to create an authentic practice interview environment. Two adolescent cases have been modeled using avatars and a digital puppetry system that allows for complex and nuanced non-verbal behavior. After several iterations, a combination of gesture based puppetry, real-time head tracking, and triggered automated animation sequences was found to provide suitable control to create subtle and appropriate non-verbal behaviors in the context of the interview. Data is currently being gathered from pilot groups of medical residents and physicians to evaluate the authenticity of the simulated environment and to explore whether this simulated interview training changes physician behavior in a way that may help prevent adolescent suicide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Theory, Methods and Tools - 13th International Conference, UAHCI 2019, Held as Part of the 21st HCI International Conference, HCII 2019, Proceedings
EditorsMargherita Antona, Constantine Stephanidis
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages555-568
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783030235598
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019
Event13th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2019, held as part of the 21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2019 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jul 26 2019Jul 31 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11572 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2019, held as part of the 21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2019
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period7/26/197/31/19

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Keywords

  • Digital puppetry
  • Interpersonal skill training
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI)
  • Physician education
  • Virtual learning environments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

Cite this

Ingraham, K., Hughes, C. E., Taliaferro, L. A., Westers, N., Dieker, L., & Hynes, M. (2019). Using Digital Puppetry to Prepare Physicians to Address Non-suicidal Self-injury Among Teens. In M. Antona, & C. Stephanidis (Eds.), Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Theory, Methods and Tools - 13th International Conference, UAHCI 2019, Held as Part of the 21st HCI International Conference, HCII 2019, Proceedings (pp. 555-568). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11572 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23560-4_40