W. Tracy Dillon
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors
Mental health -- Treatment, Mental health -- Rehabilitation, Video games -- Psychological aspects
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
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Miller, Sheena M., "The Potential of Serious Games as Mental Health Treatment" (2015). University Honors Theses. Paper 148.