An appraisal-based approach to the stigma of walker-use

Andrew McNeill*, Lynne Coventry

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Abstract

Walker-use among older adults is often avoided because of the stigma of using one. Drawing on the appraisal theory of stress, we argue that stigma associated with walker-use is subject to various cognitive appraisals that affect whether the user sees the walker as stigmatizing and the extent to which they can cope with that stigma. We followed a participatory design approach to involve older adults in the design of an intelligent walker. One of the activities was to conduct focus groups to explore the role of the aesthetic design of the product in acceptance and use of such walkers. Qualitative analysis of these focus groups provides data explaining the ways in which potential users assess stigma and coping resources. We emphasise that while better design of walkers is important, tackling the self-stigma of users and increasing their ability to cope with using one is equally important.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Design for Aging
Subtitle of host publicationFirst International Conference, ITAP 2015 Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings, Part I
EditorsJia Zhou, Gavriel Salvendy
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages250-261
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319208923
ISBN (Print)9783319208916
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, held as Part of 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 2 Aug 20157 Aug 2015
Conference number: 1st
http://2015.hci.international/itap

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Information Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI (LNISA))
Volume9193
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference1st International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, held as Part of 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015
Abbreviated titleITAP 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period2/08/157/08/15
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Keywords

  • Psychology and cognition
  • User acceptance
  • Design

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