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Recommendation techniques and their applications to the delivery of an online bibliotherapy

Recommendation techniques and their applications to the delivery of an online bibliotherapy

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With the rapid progress of economy and society, people have to undertake unprecedented consistent and severe stress. Bibliotherapy is an effective way to help people cope with psychological stress. By selecting and recommending specific reading materials to patients with mental illness or emotional disturbance, it facilitates patients recovery and rehabilitation. Currently existing bibliotherapy requires professional staffwith the background ofboth psychological and library service to give reading recommendation, which is quite labor costly and demanding, and the booklists for variant individuals need to be highly customized by therapists. To address this limitation, this chapter delivers an automatic reading recommendation solution for online bibliotherapy, whose aim is specifically for adolescents to manage their stress coming from study, family, peer relationship, self-cognition, to romantic relationship. The 6-week user study preliminarily demonstrated the effectiveness of the solution, in which the recommended articles hold both high-stress easing effect and good attractiveness. This chapter first gives a brief review of bibliotherapy and recommendation techniques in the literature. Then reports the design and implementation of our reading recommendation system for easing teens psychological stress. Finally some application interfaces are provided to demonstrate the usage of the system.

Chapter Contents:

  • 10.1 What is bibliotherapy?
  • 10.2 Review of recommendation techniques
  • 10.2.1 Stereotyping approach
  • 10.2.2 Content-based filtering approach
  • 10.2.3 Collaborative filtering approach
  • 10.2.4 Co-occurrence recommendation approach
  • 10.2.5 Graph-based approach
  • 10.2.6 Global relevance approach
  • 10.2.7 Hybrid approach
  • 10.3 Reading recommendation in bibliotherapy
  • 10.3.1 Categories of adolescent stress and reading articles
  • 10.3.2 Unifying stress easing and reading interests for articles recommendation
  • 10.3.3 Recommending procedure
  • 10.4 System implementation
  • 10.4.1 The framework
  • 10.4.2 System interfaces
  • 10.5 Conclusion
  • References

Inspec keywords: recommender systems; Internet; medical computing; psychology; patient treatment

Other keywords: rapid progress; society; psychological library service; teens psychological stress; recommendation techniques; severe stress; specific reading materials recommendation; romantic relationship; reading recommendation system; mental illness; economy; automatic reading recommendation solution; 6-week user study; online bibliotherapy; reading materials selection; unprecedented consistent stress; application interfaces; patients recovery; rehabilitation; high-stress; emotional disturbance; peer relationship; variant individuals

Subjects: Information networks; Biology and medical computing

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