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The Effectiveness of Serious Video Games on Mental Health Related Outcomes: Systematic Review

Danilina, O; Cox, A; Fonseca, A; Johnson, S; (2017) The Effectiveness of Serious Video Games on Mental Health Related Outcomes: Systematic Review. In: Proceedings of the CHI PLAY 2017. (In press).

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Abstract

Therapeutic serious video games are advancing rapidly in the field of mental health, targeting a number of psychiatric conditions. However, little is known about the impact of these games on mental health symptoms. We conducted a systematic review of papers reporting studies of the effectiveness of serious video games on mental health related outcomes. Results suggest that serious video games for intellectual disabilities and psychotic disorders, targeting cognitive symptoms seem to have the most potential, while serious video games for anxiety tend to show less impact, especially in randomised control trials. There are as yet unrealized opportunities for designers to create serious game mental health interventions for a wider range of audiences and delivery platforms.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The Effectiveness of Serious Video Games on Mental Health Related Outcomes: Systematic Review
Event: CHI PLAY 17
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dates: 15 October 2017 - 18 August 2017
Publisher version: http://chiplay.acm.org/2017/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Mental health, systematic review, serious videogames, work in progress
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1570493
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