We conducted formative studies to better understand both expert perspectives on and student experiences with self-tracking to support mental wellness goals. Our paper describing these studies has been accepted for presentation at ACM CHI 2017.
Self-tracking has been shown to play an important role in managing physical health, but we do not yet have a comprehensive understanding of the role of self-tracking in mental wellness contexts. Focusing on stress management, we examined the experiences and challenges of those who actually self-track to achieve mental wellness goals, through a survey with 297 students.
We complemented student perspectives with findings from a study with 14 student health professionals, from two universities, who participated in a qualitative study examining the role of self-tracking for student mental health and wellness. Our paper discusses ways that self-tracking can enable improved understanding of student stress and approaches to stress management and identifies situations in which self-tracking is not useful as a strategy of management.
Self-tracking for Mental Wellness: Understanding Expert Perspectives and Student Experiences
Christina Kelley, Bongshin Lee, Lauren Wilcox
Proc. ACM CHI ’17, The 2017 annual conf on Human Factors in Computing. Denver, CO. May 2017