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Connecting, challenging, and empowering youth through their smartphone

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Prof. Manon Hillegers , Erasmus MC Sophia, the Netherlands

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Conference
ECNP 2021
Grow It! is a multiplayer serious gaming app for adolescents aged 12–25 years. Results of a study during 2 lockdowns in 2020 indicated the potential efficacy of an eHealth intervention on everyday well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, with about 70% of participants slightly improving their daily mood while using the gaming app [1]. Prof. Manon Hillegers (Erasmus MC Sophia, the Netherlands) explained that the Grow It! app monitors thoughts and emotions in daily life using the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) to identify emotion profiles and increase self-insight. It offers daily cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-based challenges to promote adaptive coping, and provides motivating gaming elements. The process of developing an app like this was long and full of numerous small steps. “You participate anonymously, you choose a nickname, and you play for a team of 5–8 adolescents,” explained Prof. Hillegers. “Together, you grow a tree. You ...


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