Computer-based perspective broadening support for appraisal training: Acceptance and effects

Ursula M. Beer, Mark A. Neerincx, Nexhmedin Morina, Willem Paul Brinkman

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Post-traumatic stress affects millions of people worldwide. Appraisal training is an intervention that has been used to decrease the negative effects of a traumatic event. In two studies, the acceptance and effects of technology in supporting appraisal was studied. Study 1, a descriptive study, examined the response to and acceptance of a workshop on perspective broadening with technological support among soldiers and firefighters. Results revealed that both groups evaluated the training as useful and feasible, and both favoured the full version of the tool. Study 2 investigated the effect of the support tool among a student sample in comparison to the paper-based training. Participants followed the training individually. Comparisons between the two groups revealed no significant differences on multiple outcome measures. Behaviour observed during the training suggests that shorter sessions might prove more effective. The findings indicate acceptance of the technology supported training but gives no indication that the effects of the training are improved by technological support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-108
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Technology and Human Interaction
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020


  • Behavior change support
  • Cognitive appraisal
  • Computerized training
  • Technology acceptance
  • Trauma
  • Video annotation


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