A recent systematic review of the literature on the uses and efficacy of socially assistive robots (SARs) notes that the limited evidence to date in the field of mental health focuses largely on applications of SARs for elderly persons with dementia. There is ample scope for further research.
“ …existing studies of the potential impact of SARs on psychological well-being are limited in generalizability, scope, and measurement”.
Scoglio, AA. Reilly, ED. [and] Gorman, JA. [et al] (2019). Use of social robots in mental health and well-being research: systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research. July 24th 2019; Vol.21(7): e13322.