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Changing my life one step at a time – using the Twelve Step program as design inspiration for long term lifestyle change

Nylander, Stina (2012) Changing my life one step at a time – using the Twelve Step program as design inspiration for long term lifestyle change. In: NordiCHI 2012, 14-17 October 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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To explore how people manage and maintain life style change, we conducted interviews with eight members of different Twelve Step Fellowships with 2-23 years of recovery about how they maintain and develop their recovery in everyday life. They reported how identification, sharing, and routines are keys to recovery. Our lessons for design concerns how these concepts support recovery in a long term perspective: Sharing to contribute in a broader sense to the fellowship and to serve as an example for fellow members created motivation even after 20 years of recovery; reflecting over routines in recovery was essential since life is constantly changing and routines need to fit into everyday life; concrete gestures were helpful for some of the abstract parts of the recovery work, such as letting go of troubling issues. Design aimed to support maintenance of lifestyle change needs to open up for ways of sharing that allow users to contribute their experiences in ways that create motivation, and support users in reflecting over their routines rather than prompting them on what to do.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:5288
Deposited By:Stina Nylander
Deposited On:05 Sep 2012 15:15
Last Modified:05 Sep 2012 15:15

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