Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a serious game targeting interpersonal emotion regulation in early adolescents

Gloria Mittmann, Sonja Zehetmayer, Beate Schrank

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Adaptive interpersonal emotion regulation (iER) is a vital tool for positive relations. During early adolescence, peer relations become increasingly important, making this age group a relevant target group for interventions promoting positive interactions with each other, yet no evidence-based intervention exists for iER and early adolescents specifically.

METHODS: This randomised controlled trial (RCT) aims to test effectiveness and feasibility of a serious game training iER skills in early adolescents by comparing outcomes with a control group playing a game without psychoeducational content in a pre- and post-test design. German- and English-speaking early adolescents (10-14 years) are eligible for participation. IER skills improvement as assessed by a vignette task is the primary outcome and will be analysed with a chi-square test. Secondary outcomes include feasibility and acceptability, emotional competence, personal emotion regulation, gender, and sex.

DISCUSSION: This RCT will test whether playing a serious game about iER strategies results in an improvement of iER skills and whether the game is feasible and acceptable for early adolescents with the ultimate aim to implement the game in schools and help early adolescents achieve positive peer relationships.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT04808102 , Registered on 19 March 2021.

Original languageEnglish
Article number741
Pages (from-to)741
JournalTrials
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Peer Group
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Schools

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