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Langrial, S. U., Oinas-Kukkonen, H., Lappalainen, P., & Lappalainen, R. (2018). Treating Sleep Disorders with an ACT-Based Behavior Change Support System. In S. Langrial (Ed.), Web-Based Behavioral Therapies for Mental Disorders (pp. 53-78). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-3241-5.ch003

Treating sleep disorders with an ACT-based behavior change support system

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Author: Langrial, Sitwat Usman1; Oinas-Kukkonen, Harri2; Lappalainen, Päivi3;
Organizations: 1Sur University College, Oman
2University of Oulu, Finland
3University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: IGI Global, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-10-24


Suitable duration and appropriate quality of sleep are essential for mental and cognitive wellbeing. Sleep disorders, whether mild or severe, have proven to have adverse effects on general wellbeing. One’s quality of life could be disturbed as a consequence of various mental conditions, sleep disorders being one of them. Researchers have started paying attention to designing, implementing and evaluating eHealth interventions to address sleep disorders. In this chapter, we highlight findings from a field study that was conducted to evaluate effect of software features on a Web-based intervention for sleep disorders. Tyyne is a Web-based eHealth intervention that will be repeatedly mentioned as Behavior Change Support Systsm (BCSS). Tynne offered weekly modules that were drawn from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). From an Information system’s perspective, the modules were identified and applied as a persuasive software feature that is promoted by the Persuasive Systems Design Model (PSD Model). The duration of the Web-based intervention was 6 weeks. Upon completion of the intervention, about one third (37.2%) of the participants reported that they could better manage their sleep problems. We argue that a relatively low percentage is still highly encouraging, as treatment of sleep-related disorders is a complicated and understudied area. Manifestly, longitudinal studies would help determine the effect of ACT-incorporated Web-based interventions. However, the chapter underscores the effect of persuasive software features incorporated with ACT-based components as a step towards managing sleep disorders.

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Series: Advances in psychology, mental health, and behavioral studies book series
ISSN: 2475-6660
ISSN-E: 2475-6679
ISSN-L: 2475-6660
ISBN: 978-1-5225-3242-2
ISBN Print: 978-1-5225-3241-5
Pages: 53 - 78
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3241-5.ch003
Host publication: Web-Based Behavioral Therapies for Mental Disorders
Host publication editor: Langrial, Sitwat Usman
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
515 Psychology
Funding: The study was a part of the OASIS research group of Martti Ahisaari Institute, University of Oulu, Finland. The SalWe Research Program supported it for Mind and Body (Tekes – The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology & Innovation grant 1104/10).
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