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Help over harm: practical and ethical considerations for the evaluation and deployment of therapeutic games

Steven Barnes (Faculty of Psychology, Uniwersytet SWPS Humanistycznospołeczny, Katowice, Poland)
Tara Chandler (Department of Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)
Mishell Granda-Salazar (Department of Psychology, University of Bolton, Bolton, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 26 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to collate and discuss a number of key issues regarding the development, deployment and monitoring of games designed for therapeutic purposes.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors collate a number of core areas for consideration and offer suggestions regarding the challenges facing the field of therapeutic gaming.

Findings

In this paper, four major areas of interest are presented: ensuring and communicating therapeutic game effectiveness; data-security and management; effective game design; and barriers to therapeutic game uptake and engagement. Present implications of these issues are discussed and suggestions are provided for further research and to help move the field toward establishing consensus regarding standards of practice.

Originality/value

This paper represents, to best of the authors’ knowledge, the first of its kind in the field of therapeutic games to collate and address the core issues facing the development, deployment and growth of this potentially valuable medium.

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Citation

Barnes, S., Chandler, T. and Granda-Salazar, M. (2022), "Help over harm: practical and ethical considerations for the evaluation and deployment of therapeutic games", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-11-2022-0080

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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