Social assistive robotics is not proposed as a replacement for specially trained and knowledgeable professionals nor is it seen as a panacea for all mental healthcare needs. Instead, robots can serve as clinical tools and assistants in a wide range of settings. Given the dramatic growth in this area, now is a critical moment for individuals in the mental healthcare community to become engaged in this research and steer it toward our field’s most pressing clinical needs.
Integrating Socially Assistive Robotics into Mental Healthcare Interventions: Applications and Recommendations for Expanded Use
Socially Assistive Robots in Elderly Care: A Mixed-Method Systematic Literature Review
Eighty-six studies in 37 study groups have been included. The findings imply positive effects of SAR on elderly well-being. [...]This review revealed that SAR can potentially enhance elderly well-being and decrease the workload on caregivers.
The effects of robot-enhanced psychotherapy: A meta-analysis
The results show that robot-enhanced therapy yielded a medium effect size overall and, specifically on the behavioral level, indicating that 69% of patients in the control groups did worse than the average number of participants in the intervention group. More studies are needed with regard to specific outcomes to prove the efficacy of robot-enhanced therapy, but the overall results clearly support the use of robot-enhanced therapy for different populations.
A remote social robot to motivate and support diabetic children in keeping a diary
Results show that children shared significantly more personal experiences in their diaries when they were interacting with the robot. Furthermore, they greatly enjoyed working with the robot and came to see it as a helpful and supportive friend.
Evaluation of a Small Socially-Assistive Humanoid Robot in Intelligent Homes for the Care of the Elderly
Results showed that the small humanoid robot was trusted by participants. [...] Participants might engage in an emotional relationship with the robot, but that perceived enjoyment might decrease over time.
Attitudes Towards Socially Assistive Robots in Intelligent Homes: Results From Laboratory Studies and Field Trials
Overall, results show that socially assistive robots positively affect user experience and motivation compared to standard smart environment interfaces such as touch screens. However, people still tend to prefer conventional interfaces for receiving information.