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Personal, Social, and Game-Related Correlates of Active and Non-Active Gaming Among Dutch Gaming Adolescents: Survey-Based Multivariable, Multilevel Logistic Regression Analyses
by Monique Simons, Emely de Vet, Mai JM Chinapaw, Michiel de Boer, Jacob C Seidell, Johannes Brug
(Published on 04 Apr 2014)
Background: Playing video games contributes substantially to sedentary behavior in youth. A new generation of video games—active games—seems to be a promising alternative to sedentary games to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior. At this time, little is known about correlates of active and non-active gaming among adolescents. Objective: The objective of this study was to examine potential personal, social, and game-related correlates of both active and non-active gaming in adolescents. Methods: A survey assessing game behavior and potential personal, social, and game-related correlates was conducted among adolescents (12-16 years, N=353) recruited via schools. Multivariable, multilevel logistic regression analyses, adjusted for demographics (age, sex and...
Views of Young People in Rural Australia on SPARX, a Fantasy World Developed for New Zealand Youth With Depression
by Colleen Cheek, Heather Bridgman, Theresa Fleming, Elizabeth Cummings, Leonie Ellis, Mathijs FG Lucassen, Matthew Shepherd, Timothy Skinner
(Published on 18 Feb 2014)
Background: A randomized control trial demonstrated that a computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (cCBT) program (Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, X-factor thoughts [SPARX]) was an appealing and efficacious treatment for depression for adolescents in New Zealand. Little is known about the acceptability of computerized therapy programs for rural Australians and the suitability of computerized programs developed in one cultural context when used in another country. Issues such as accents and local differences in health care access might mean adjustments to programs are required. Objective: This study sought to explore the acceptability of SPARX by youth in rural Australia and to explore whether and how young people would wish to access such a program. Methods: Focus groups and...