Public perceptions on using Virtual Reality and Mobile Apps in Anxiety treatment

Rebecca Kirkham, Caitlin Batten
2020 Reinvention: an International Journal of Undergraduate Research  
New technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Mobile Apps are increasingly being developed and trialled therapeutically to help treat anxiety disorders. Despite this increasing market, there is little research on how the public perceive the incorporation of these innovative technologies in anxiety treatment. This study aimed to gauge the public's perceptions of using VR and mobile apps as a form of mental health treatment for anxiety. To do this, a survey was disseminated to those aged 18
more » ... 35 without mental illness via social media and poster advertisements. Results demonstrated that most individuals had limited knowledge on VR and mobile apps' use in mental health, but overall demonstrated positive perceptions and high optimism regarding its potential use. Neither treatment modality was perceived as being as effective as standard treatment, however participants were willing to use either modality if recommended by a therapist, and use both in conjunction with standard treatment. Participants demonstrated a willingness to use a mobile app as a first point of contact. These findings have implications for the way in which these technologies are rolled out to the public.
doi:10.31273/reinvention.v13i2.625 fatcat:76qvdxt4ujdqlak2ql56hmmpoq