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Id 2433
Author Boldi A.; Rapp A.
Title Commercial video games as a resource for mental health: A systematic literature review

Boldi A.; Rapp A. Commercial video games as a resource for mental health: A systematic literature review,Behaviour and Information Technology 41 12

Keywords Clinical research; Game design; Human computer interaction; Interactive computer graphics; Clinical practices; Commercial video; Commercial video game; Game design; Game-Based; Health condition; Mental disorders; Mental health; Systematic literature review; Video-games; Cost effectiveness
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Abstract Game-based interventions have been gradually and successfully implemented in the mental health domain given the games’ ability to positively affect a variety of mental health conditions. To this aim, scholars have recently discovered the usefulness of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) video games, due to their increasing popularity, availability, and cost effectiveness. Nevertheless, key aspects of this line of research have not emerged yet, since a comprehensive overview of how commercial video games impact on different mental disorders is still missing. In this article, we present a systematic literature review of recent research that focuses on the usage of commercial video games in mental health. We analyse 39 papers and map the relevant themes that are recurrent in the last ten years of research, offering a detailed understanding of the methodological approaches that were used, the results obtained, the main disorders addressed, and the video game genres exploited. On the basis of these findings, we highlight open issues in current work and point out a variety of research opportunities that could be tackled in future years, like the need of conducting more field and longitudinal studies, the necessity of developing the design knowledge, and the possibility of connecting research with clinical practice. © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


DOI 10.1080/0144929X.2021.1943524
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