Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

W. Tracy Dillon

Subjects

Mental health -- Treatment, Mental health -- Rehabilitation, Video games -- Psychological aspects

DOI

10.15760/honors.176

Abstract

Abstract

Video games deserve to be readily recognized as a means of assisting people in healthcare settings. This paper proposes a simple taxonomy for serious games that function as mental health treatment: 1) Informative Game Playing; 2) Therapeutic Game Designing; and 3) Therapeutic Game Playing. These three categories are explained and examples of games from each category are included, as well as corresponding research when applicable. The process of elaborating on this taxonomy elucidates the capabilities of serious games and also emphasizes areas for design improvement as well as further clinical research. Several controversies and unresolved issues surrounding video game research are discussed.

Keywords: video game, art therapy, serious game, gamification, mental health, mental disorder, treatment, games for health, games for change

Comments

Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and English

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/15439

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