University of Hertfordshire

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSerious games for healthcare: applications and implications
EditorsS. Arnab, I. Dunwell, K. Debattista
Place of PublicationHershey, P.A.
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)9781466619036, 9781466619043
Publication statusPublished - 2012


This chapter illustrates the application of an Intervention Mapping approach to the development and design of a Serious Game addressing relationships and sex education (RSE) needs in British adolescents. Needs assessment identified experience of pressure/coercion in sexual relationships as the topic for a Serious Game-based RSE session. The process of applying intervention mapping including evidence review, identification of a programme goal, performance objectives and associated determinants, and change objectives is explicated. The way that these were translated into a concept and content for a Serious Game is explained. Evaluation plans grounded in the planning process, and commentary on challenges experienced, are also provided. The chapter provides an important contribution to approaches that can ensure efficacy of Serious Games applied to healthcare issues.


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