A pilot study of the perceptions and acceptability of guidance using artificial intelligence in internet cognitive behaviour therapy for perfectionism in young people

Sarah J. Egan, Catherine Johnson, Tracey D. Wade, Per Carlbring, Shravan Raghav, Roz Shafran

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Abstract

Perfectionism is a transdiagnostic process associated with a range of psychological disorders. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Perfectionism (CBT-P) has been demonstrated as efficacious across guided and unguided internet delivered interventions in reducing perfectionism and psychopathology. The aim of this pilot study was to understand perceptions and acceptability of an artificial intelligence supplemented CBT-P intervention (AI-CBT-P) in young people with lived experience of anxiety and depression (n = 8; age range 19–29 years, M = 24 years, SD = 3.77; 50 % female, 38 % male, 12 % non-binary). Young people reported that they were frequent users of artificial intelligence for study, work and general information, were positive about the intervention and using artificial intelligence for guidance in a self-help intervention, but also noted several concerns. Young people perceived numerous benefits to AI-CBT-P, including ease of access, low cost, lack of stigma and benefits for individuals with social anxiety. Overall, young people appear to be interested in, and have a positive view of, AI-CBT-P. Further research is now required to examine the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100711
Number of pages7
JournalInternet Interventions
Volume35
Early online date18 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Perfectionism
  • Treatment

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