Video-Mediated Communication to Support Distant Family Connectedness

Ryoko Furukawa, Martha Driessnack

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It can be difficult to maintain family connections with geographically distant members. However, advances in computer-human interaction (CHI) systems, including video-mediated communication (VMC) are emerging. While VMC does not completely substitute for physical face-to-face communication, it appears to provide a sense of virtual copresence through the addition of visual and contextual cues to verbal communication between family members. The purpose of this study was to explore current patterns of VMC use, experiences, and family functioning among self-identified VMC users separated geographically from their families. A total of 341 participants (ages 18 to above 70) completed an online survey and Family APGAR. Ninty-six percent of the participants reported that VMC was the most common communication method used and 60% used VMC at least once/week. The most common reason cited for using VMC over other methods of communication was the addition of visual cues. A significant difference between the Family APGAR scores and the number of positive comments about VMC experience was also found. This exploratory study provides insight into the acceptance of VMC and its usefulness in maintaining connections with distant family members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-94
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Family APGAR
  • family communication
  • family connectedness
  • video-mediated communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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