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Citation:  Chang, Y., Liu, H., Peng, S., & Wang, T. (2008). Potential of mobile social networks as assistive technology: a case study in supported employment for people with severe mental illness. ASSETS'08, 239-240.
Title:  Potential of mobile social networks as assistive technology: a case study in supported employment for people with severe mental illness
Authors:  Chang, Y., Liu, H., Peng, S., & Wang, T.
Year:  2008
Journal/Publication:  ASSETS'08
Publisher:  Held by the author/owners
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1145/1414471.1414529
Full text: 
Peer-reviewed?  No
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Case study

Structured abstract:

Background:  Mobile social network services are being used to help individuals with mental illness travel to and from work and other places in the community. This prototype system may reduce the amount of time a job coach spends teaching a person a route to and from work and help reduce worries related to safe travel.
Purpose:  This paper offers a case study about using the prototype.
Setting:  The setting for this study is not described.
Study sample:  The case study describes a woman with an intellectual disability and epilepsy.
Intervention:  The intervention is mobile social networks.
Control or comparison condition:  There was no control or comparison conditions.
Data collection and analysis:  Field observations revealed none of the participants got lost. There for a number of scenarios were set up to test the advance functions of the system. An evaluation also took place. The information gained was used to convince job coaches to participate in upcoming trials and give feedback about how to improve the design.
Findings:  The system takes both location and time into account. This makes it more useful to the end-user and caregivers.
Conclusions:  Some individuals forget how to travel to work. Mobile social networks can help.

Disabilities served:  Chronic mental illness
Schizophrenia
Populations served:  Gender: Female
Race: Asian
Interventions:  Other