Design imperatives to enhance evidence-based interventions with persuasive technology: A case scenario in preventing child maltreatment

Walter Lamendola, Judy Krysik

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This article examines how current thinking in persuasive technologies may be applied to evidence-based therapeutic interventions through a planned and multidisciplinary design process. Design steps identified in the human services and the design sciences are merged to generate six design imperatives. The need for human service knowledge to inform design is discussed in each design imperative. A case scenario using Healthy Families America (HFA), a broadly implemented child abuse and neglect prevention program, is presented as illustrative. The final design imperative argues for continuous attention to ethics across all disciplines. The design imperatives provide an initial framework for optimizing the development of persuasive technology applications in the human services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-422
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Technology in Human Services
Issue number2-4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008



  • Child maltreatment
  • Human services
  • Persuasive technology
  • Technology design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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