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Exploring the significance of interactive video games for physical activity among persons with psychiatric disabilities using experimental single case design
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8218-1236
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9714-577X
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4537-030X
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Abstract [en]

Problem: Persons with psychiatric disabilities exhibit low levels of physical activity, which is a known general health risk factor. Nonetheless, physical activity is used far too little as health promotion in mental health care. Interactive video games are an emerging technology that can be used to increase physical activity levels. This study primarily aimed at exploring the significance of these games as a way to promote physical activity and health among persons with psychiatric disabilities.

Method: Two participants played the interactive video game during an intervention for a period of 15 weeks. The study was conducted as a pilot study with a single case design and with an applied mixed methods approach.

Results: Both participants increased their playing time during the intervention, and playing the game was experienced as fun, stimulating, and evolving. Through the challenge that the game provided, the participants’ motivation to continue playing seemed to be reinforced. Playing the game was found to strengthen the participants’ sense of capability and provided an experience of companionship with oneself.

Conclusions: Being physically active in this manner enabled experiences of evolvement and competence, which could be considered an essential driving force of recovery and reconnection with one’s own life. The technique can therefore be regarded as an enabling tool for physical activity — however, the value of the support from another human being cannot be overlooked.

Keyword [en]
mental illness; physical activity; intervention; interactive video game; single case design; mixed methods
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Care Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-26588OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-26588DiVA, id: diva2:764472
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Being physically active — A bodily anchorage on the journey for recovery in mental ill-health
Available from: 2014-11-19 Created: 2014-11-19 Last updated: 2017-12-22Bibliographically approved
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1. Being physically active — A bodily anchorage on the journey for recovery in mental ill-health
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Being physically active — A bodily anchorage on the journey for recovery in mental ill-health
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karolinska Institutet, 2014. p. 63
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Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Care Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30681 (URN)978-91-7549-579-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-06-13, 13:12 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-01-07 Created: 2016-01-07 Last updated: 2017-12-22Bibliographically approved

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