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What Role Can Avatars Play in e-Mental Health Interventions? Exploring New Models of Client-Therapist Interaction

Rehm, Imogen C; Foenander, Emily; Wallace, Klaire; Abbott, Jo-Anne M; Kyrios, Michael; Thomas, Neil


In the burgeoning field of e-mental health interventions, avatars are increasingly being utilized to facilitate online communication between clients and therapists, and among peers. Avatars are digital self-representations, which enable individuals to interact with each other in computer-based virtual environments. In this narrative review, we examine the psychotherapeutic applications of avatars that have been investigated and trialed to date. Five key applications were identified (1) in the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-11-18
Type: Journal article
Source: Frontiers in psychiatry
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00186
Access Rights: Open Access


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