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Potential of using visual imagery to revolutionise measurement of emotional health

Herring, Amy Mary Rose; Craven, Michael P; Mughal, Faraz; Rawsthorne, Mat; Rees, Kathie; Walker, Leanne; Wolpert, Miranda


Amy Mary Rose Herring

Faraz Mughal

Mat Rawsthorne

Kathie Rees

Leanne Walker

Miranda Wolpert


Appropriate measurement of emotional health by all those working with children and young people is an increasing focus for professional practice. Most of the tools used for assessment or self-assessment of emotional health were designed in the mid-20th century using language and technology derived from pen and paper written texts. But, are they fit for purpose in an age of pervasive computing with increasingly rich audio-visual media devices being in the hands of young people? This thought piece explores how the increased use of visual imagery, especially forms that can be viewed or created on digital devices might provide a way forward for more effective measuring of emotional health; including smiley faces, other emojis and other potential forms of visual imagery. The authors bring together perspectives from healthcare, counselling, youth advocacy, academic research, primary care and school based mental health support to explore these issues.


Herring, A. M. R., Craven, M. P., Mughal, F., Rawsthorne, M., Rees, K., Walker, L., & Wolpert, M. (2020). Potential of using visual imagery to revolutionise measurement of emotional health. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 105(7), 690-693.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 6, 2020
Online Publication Date Jan 23, 2020
Publication Date 2020-07
Deposit Date Feb 4, 2020
Publicly Available Date Feb 5, 2020
Journal Archives of Disease in Childhood
Print ISSN 0003-9888
Electronic ISSN 1468-2044
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 105
Issue 7
Pages 690-693
Keywords Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
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