Spiritual support is a fundamental yet understudied dimension of support exchange in Online Health Communities. Recent work suggested that visualization of spiritual support networks offers a promising design mechanism for helping patients and caregivers navigate life-threatening physical or mental illnesses. Therefore, through user-centered and community-situated inquiry, we designed and developed SoulGarden-an interface that helps users visualize their spiritual support network in order to reduce loneliness and increase a sense of community and belonging. Initial feedback from user tests suggests that our nature-based theme provides users with feelings of calm and comfort, and that seeing the faces and prayers of supporters adds a meaningful sensory component to online support exchange. Our evaluation also suggests three valuable design considerations for future support network visualizations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||CSCW 2021 - Conference Companion Publication of the 2021 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Oct 23 2021|
|Event||24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States|
Duration: Oct 23 2021 → Oct 27 2021
|Name||Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW|
|Conference||24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2021|
|Period||10/23/21 → 10/27/21|
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