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Title: Family Theories in Child-Robot Interactions: Understanding Families as a Whole for Child-Robot Interaction Design
In this work, we discuss a theoretically motivated family-centered design approach for child-robot interactions, adapted by Family Systems Theory (FST) and Family Ecological Model (FEM). Long-term engagement and acceptance of robots in the home is influenced by factors that surround the child and the family, such as child-sibling-parent relationships and family routines, rituals, and values. A family-centered approach to interaction design is essential when developing in-home technology for children, especially for social agents like robots with which they can form connections and relationships. We review related literature in family theories and connect it with child-robot interaction and child-computer interaction research. We present two case studies that exemplify how family theories, FST and FEM, can inform the integration of robots into homes, particularly research into child-robot and family-robot interaction. Finally, we pose five overarching recommendations for a family-centered design approach in child-robot interactions.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
2202803
NSF-PAR ID:
10446678
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Date Published:
Journal Name:
IDC '23: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference
Page Range / eLocation ID:
367 to 374
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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