Games for Health for Children-Current Status and Needed Research
Department of Psychiatry
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Health Psychology | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
Videogames for health (G4H) offer exciting, innovative, potentially highly effective methods for increasing knowledge, delivering persuasive messages, changing behaviors, and influencing health outcomes. Although early outcome results are promising, additional research is needed to determine the game design and behavior change procedures that best promote G4H effectiveness and to identify and minimize possible adverse effects. Guidelines for ideal use of different types of G4H by children and adolescents should be elucidated to enhance effectiveness and minimize adverse effects. G4H stakeholders include organizational implementers, policy makers, players and their families, researchers, designers, retailers, and publishers. All stakeholders should be involved in G4H development and have a voice in setting goals to capitalize on their insights to enhance effectiveness and use of the game. In the future, multiple targeted G4H should be available to meet a population's diverse health needs in developmentally appropriate ways. Substantial, consistent, and sophisticated research with appropriate levels of funding is needed to realize the benefits of G4H.
DOI of Published Version
Games Health J. 2016 Feb;5(1):1-12. doi: 10.1089/g4h.2015.0026. Epub 2015 Aug 11. Link to article on publisher's site
Games for health journal
Baranowski T, Maloney AE. (2016). Games for Health for Children-Current Status and Needed Research. Psychiatry Publications and Presentations. https://doi.org/10.1089/g4h.2015.0026. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/psych_pp/806