This study aims to explore whether emotionally designed furniture has a positive impact on alleviating negative symptoms in individuals with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). Through a combination of literature review and empirical research, the characteristics of C-PTSD individuals and their common negative symptoms, including anxiety, depression, fatigue, etc., were first reviewed and analyzed. Then, the hypothesis of the positive impact of emotionally designed furniture on individuals with C-PTSD was proposed. The study further explores how emotionally designed furniture enhances environmental comfort and fosters emotional connections in personal spaces to provide psychological support and alleviate symptoms in individuals with C-PTSD. Subsequently, through a questionnaire survey, a certain number of C-PTSD patients were asked to respond to assess their psychological states and symptom changes after using emotionally designed furniture. The exploration in this study demonstrates the potential of emotionally designed furniture in the field of mental health, offering a novel psychological support and symptom alleviation approach for individuals with C-PTSD. However, further in-depth research is needed, including optimization of design concepts and expansion of empirical research, to verify its long-term effectiveness and sustainability, and continuously improve its application strategies and technical means in mental health treatment.

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Furniture design--Psychological aspects; Post-traumatic stress disorder--Treatment; Families--Mental health--China

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Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

Design, School of


College of Art and Design


Lorraine Justice

Advisor/Committee Member

Stan Rickel


RIT – Main Campus

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