Smart-tech and Well-being

Exploring Smart-technology Use and Psychosocial Well-being Within a Spinal Cord Injured Population

Student Researcher: Louise Maria Cleary

Research Supervisors: Dr. Andrew Errity, Ms. Cliona Flood, Dr. Marion Palmer

At present, the literature surrounding the concept of smart-technology use and the psychosocial impact of the devices is scant. The present research aims to address this deficit by adopting a mixed-methods, grounded theory research design in its exploration of these phenomena.

The research, which is being conducted with individuals with Spinal Cord Injry (SCI) attending in-patient care at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, will run from April 2012 to April 2014.

In response to the inadequacy of theoretical understanding surrounding the impact of smart-technology use, the conceptualisation of a preliminary framework on which future study can advance is proposed.

In addition, the research seeks to explore the predictive strength and influence of certain variables (e.g. the type of smart-device used most by participants, the frequency of use, and the types of applications most used) as they relate to Psychosocial Impact scores.