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Effects of gamification on an online positive psychology intervention : the Influence of gamification elements on the enjoyment of men and women doing an online positive psychology intervention

Jakobs, E. (2016) Effects of gamification on an online positive psychology intervention : the Influence of gamification elements on the enjoyment of men and women doing an online positive psychology intervention.

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Abstract:The implementation of positive psychology in interventions shows a great effect on well-being. But the online forms suffer from a big drop-out rate. It is expected that this could be reduced by enhancing the enjoyment of the user with the application of gamification. However, literature shows that in some cases gamification does not work equally well for males and females. In this research it will be tested with an experimental design if an online psychology intervention is perceived as more fun when gamification is applied and if the effect of it is dependent on the gender. Therefore, 75 participants were divided randomly into two groups. The experimental group had a positive psychology intervention with, the control group the same intervention without gamification elements. After absolving exercises of the intervention, the participants had to fill in a questionnaire containing the sub scale of the Intrinsic Motivation Inventory (IMI) about enjoyment/interest. It became apparent that in this case gamification nearly has a significant positive effect on the participant’s enjoyment. Furthermore, it seems that there neither was a gender difference nor was gender found to be a moderator for the effect of gamification on the enjoyment. Overall it can be said that just the application of gamification does not assure that the user feels more enjoyment. A possible solution is to get the most out of the possibilities gamification has to offer.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 10 humanities in general, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69952
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