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The effect of a recently developed serious game on prejudice towards persons with disabilities

Presentatie (Engelstalig) van Floor Jurriëns tijdens het 4e IASSIDD Europe Congres in Wenen in juli 2014.

Aim

Prejudice towards persons with disabilities is a common phenomenon. Prejudice can be decreased by ‘putting yourself in the other persons shoes’. A serious game ‘www.theworldofempa.org’ was developed as an aid, not only to support professionals and parents in increasing their sensitivity and responsively to persons with disabilities, but also as an intervention to reduce prejudice towards persons with disabilities.

Method

A RCT study among adults (N=54). The experimental group play the serious game and the control group receive digital text based on the same theoretical background (attachment theory: sensitivity, responsively and prompt adequate reactions). The single Category-Implicit Association Test (SC-IAT) will be used as pre- and posttest for both conditions.

Results

Based on results from our pilot RCT study (N=23, pretest M = -0.10, SD = 0.94, posttest M = -0.18, SD = 0.69) we expect that the scores for prejudice, the SC-IAT score, will be lower after playing the serious game and that there will be a lower SC-IAT score for the experimental group compared to the control group. The N=54 study results will be presented.

Conclusions

With this study we examine whether a serious game like ‘www.theworldofempa.org’ can contribute to reduce prejudice towards persons with disabilities.

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