Games for Active Ageing, Wellbeing and Quality of Life: A Pilot Study

Liliana Costa, Ana Veloso, Michael Loizou, Sylvester Arnab

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    The goal of this study is to identify a set of psychosocial variables and design
    domains important for game designers to encourage active ageing, wellbeing and quality of life. Sixty adult learners at four Universities of Third Age were
    randomly assigned to three groups: The Experimental group (G1), who tested
    firstly a game-based learning platform (GBLP) and then a computer-assisted
    platform (CAP); The Comparison group (G2), who tested firstly the CAP and
    then the GBLP; and the Control group (G3) that did not take part in the intervention. Participants were assessed on their health-related wellbeing and
    quality of life, using the SF36v2 and WHOQOL-BREF scales before and after
    each experiment. Findings suggest that there were differences between the group type and their perception on mental health (F(2,57) = 3.771, p= .029) and general health-related wellbeing (F(2,57) = 5.231, p= .008), in which the GBLP showed improvements relative to the CAP. The environment and mental health were some of the psychosocial domains that should be considered whereas storytelling, context-aware challenges, game space, immediate feedback, role-playing and social engagement were relevant design domains for these games.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)842-854
    Number of pages13
    JournalBehaviour and Information Technology
    Issue number8
    Early online date18 Jun 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Behaviour and Information Technology on 18/06/2018, available online: 10.1080/0144929X.2018.1485744

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    • Games
    • Ageing
    • Well-being
    • Quality of life
    • Pilot study


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