A Qualitative Study of Experiences of Digital Technology Through Using an Ipad in Therapy

Masters Thesis


de la Prida, A. 2014. A Qualitative Study of Experiences of Digital Technology Through Using an Ipad in Therapy. Masters Thesis University of East London School of Psychology
Authorsde la Prida, A.
TypeMasters Thesis
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In recent years technological developments have revolutionised the way we communicate and work. However as therapists we seem to be lagging behind in our integration of digital technology. I believe that the potential for the therapeutic use of digital technology has been largely neglected, and this study attempts to begin to redress this balance.
The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological study is to explore experiences of using digital technology, focusing on the use of an iPad in therapy. I explore experiences from both therapist and client perspectives with adults, children and young people. I was able to use a range of sources; four transcribed interviews, three with my own clients, my clinical practice notes and a pre-recorded interview. I use Thematic Analysis as a means of analysis and developed three overarching themes which structure the findings into: Prior - attitudes towards new technology, During - experiences of using digital technology, and The future - possibilities and implications for the use of digital technology in therapy.
The results suggest that there are a number of influences on our use of digital technology, these include: fears, incongruence, cultural, and generational influences. The study shows the versatility of digital media and its potential for use in play therapy, art therapy and talking therapy. It highlights therapeutic potential in areas such as interactive applications, digital gaming and virtual realities, and suggests that more research is needed.
I argue that digital media is friendly. The possibilities for use are diverse and open up exciting new dimensions for therapy. I also argue that we must integrate digital technology otherwise we risk being outside of mainstream culture, and in particular youth culture.

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