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Title: Assessing patients’ attitudes towards telepsychotherapy: The development of the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology-patient version
Authors: Békés, Vera
Aafjes-Van Doorn, Katie
Bőthe, Beáta
0000-0003-3043-5155 Bekes
Keywords: experimental design
reliability (personality trait)
research methodology evaluation
research methodology
attitude testing
patients' attitudes
multitrait multimethod techniques
factor analysis
telepsychotherapy (TPT)
Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) patient
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: John Wiley
Citation: Békés, V., Aafjes-Van Doorn, K., & (2022). Assessing patients’ attitudes towards telepsychotherapy: The development of the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology-patient version. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 29(6), 1918-1927.
Series/Report no.: Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy;29(6)
Abstract: This study presents the development of a self‐report measure of patients' attitudes towards telepsychotherapy. The measure is based on a well‐researched model of attitudes towards using technology, the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) framework (Venkatesh et al., 2003). We examined the psychometric properties of the UTAUT adapted for psychotherapy patients (UTAUT‐P) in a sample of 107 psychotherapy patients who received telepsychotherapy via video conferencing during the COVID‐19 pandemic. Exploratory factor analysis resulted in a 14‐item UTAUT‐P version, with four factors—(1) Therapy Quality Expectancy, (2) Convenience, (3) Ease of Use, and (4) Pressure from Others—and was further corroborated by the results of the confirmatory factor analysis. Our results indicated the four‐factor model's adequate fit to the data and demonstrated adequate construct validity and reliability of the UTAUT‐P factors. All factors, except for Ease of Use, were significantly and positively associated with intention to use telepsychotherapy technology in the future. This study complements the research on therapists' attitudes towards telepsychotherapy, based on the therapist version of the UTAUT. The developed 14‐item UTAUT‐P might be a helpful, brief self‐report tool in clinical practice, which might give the patient a voice around the potential use of telepsychotherapy technology in their care. This initial application of the UTAUT‐P patients during the COVID‐19 pandemic offers a building block for future research on patients' attitudes towards telepsychotherapy, outside the context of a forced transition. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy is the property of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
Description: Scholarly article
ISSN: 1063-3995 (print) 1099-0879 (online)
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