Perceived acceptability of wearable devices for the treatment of mental health problems

Hugh Hunkin, Daniel L. King, Ian T. Zajac

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Objective: This study examined the potential acceptability of wearable devices (e.g., smart headbands, wristbands, and watches) aimed at treating mental health disorders, relative to conventional approaches. Methods: A questionnaire assessed perceptions of wearable and nonwearable treatments, along with demographic and psychological information. Respondents (N = 427) were adults from a community sample (Mage = 44.6, SDage = 15.3) which included current (30.2%) and former (53.9%) mental health help-seekers. Results: Perceived effectiveness of wearables was a strong predictor of interest in using them as adjuncts to talk therapies, or as an alternative to self-help options (e.g., smartphone applications). Devices were more appealing to those with negative evaluations of psychological therapy and less experience in help-seeking. Conclusions: Interest in using wearable devices was strong, particularly when devices were seen as effective. Clients with negative attitudes to conventional therapies may be more responsive to using wearable devices as a less directive treatment approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)987-1003
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • clinical decision-making
  • e-mental health
  • patient acceptance of healthcare
  • patient preferences
  • wearable electronic devices


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