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A game-based intervention for adolescent dating violence: A focus group investigation of 'Green Acres High'
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Adolescents dating violence has become an international public health problem. The majority of the adolescents in Europe and North America have experienced some sort of dating relationship and even if many of these relationships are healthy ones there is an increase of destructive and violent relationships. Previous research indicates varied as well as limited results from already existing prevention and intervention efforts addressing adolescent dating violence. Dating violence prevalence is increasing and effective prevention and intervention methods are needed in order to reduce and prevent its existence. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a game-based intervention called ‘Green Acres High’, created by the CAVA-project group. Swedish adolescents that recently had played the game were interviewed with the means of focus groups in order to examine their subjective experience of this new type of intervention. Results indicate that the use of a game as an intervention method for this socially sensitive topic was perceived as positive by the adolescents, seeing it as a new, engaging and interesting method. The findings from the study indicate that dating violence is a topic in need of further discussion and that this game has potential to affect its players, both attitudinal and knowledge wise.

Abstract [sv]

Våld i nära relationer bland ungdomar har kommit att bli ett internationellt folkhälsoproblem. En majoritet av Europas och Nordamerikas ungdomar har erfarit någon form av datingförhållande och även om många utav dessa förhållanden är positiva och hälsosamma ökar antalet destruktiva och våldsamma förhållanden. Tidigare forskning visar varierade samt begränsade resultat från redan existerande preventions-, och interventionsinsatser. Förekomsten av våld i nära relationer ökar ständigt och effektiva preventions-, och interventionsmetoder behövs för att kunna reducera och förhindra existensen av denna typ av våld. Syftet med föreliggande studie var att utvärdera den spelbaserade interventionen ’Green Acres High’, skapat av projektet CAVA. Svenska ungdomar som spelat spelet intervjuades genom fokusgrupper i syfte att undersöka deras subjektiva erfarenhet av denna nya interventionstyp. Resultatet visar att ungdomarna ställer sig positiva till interventionen då de upplevde den som en ny, engagerande och intressant metod för att bemöta det socialt känsliga ämnet våld i nära relationer. Resultatet från studien indikerar att våld i nära relationer är ett ämne som behöver diskuteras i större utsträckning samt att detta spel har potentiell möjlighet att påverka dess spelare, både attitydmässigt och kunskapsmässigt.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Dating violence, adolescents, intervention, prevention, focus groups
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Psychology Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-3270Local ID: oai:bth.se:arkivexD92F8F48ED698F72C1257BA2002D5603OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-3270DiVA: diva2:830571
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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j_ryding@hotmail.comAvailable from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2013-07-08 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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