Development and evaluation of an innovative game-based preventive intervention for adolescents with increased risk for substance misuse and dependencies.

The goal of the project is to translate curricular content into engaging game mechanics on top of an educational roleplay gaming experience, which will blend the learning realities from school, home and job into an alternate reality setting. While the overall experience will include different kinds of media – videos, interactive infographics and audio, CGL´s research team will focus to explore and emphasize the motivational strength of games as highly effective learning medium thus empowering students to access complex topics. Students will be able to develop and extend skills for their future jobs more easily and intentional.

Solve – Problematic

In Germany:

  • 120.000 deaths per year due to the consequences of tobacco consume
  • 42.000 deaths per year due to the consequences of alcohol consume
  • 1.100 deaths per year due to the consequences of illegal drug consume
  • Especially young people between the ages of 12-15 years have a very high risk of falling into risky substance consumption due to their fragile condition and carry this risk into adulthood as a pronounced addiction

Solve – Game Based Intervention

The Solve project consists in the development and pilot testing of an innovative game-based prevention intervention for adolescents with an increased risk of substance abuse and dependence.

  • Game based selective prevention Intervention
  • Young adolescents with critical personality traits (Risk seekers, compulsive behavior)
  • Not a psycho-educative approach (very limited impact with this target group)
  • High potential of game to induce a « stop and think » reflective behavior, and to encourage visibility on long term consequences of actions
  • Methodology: User centered approach, Stealth learning, Game design for behavioral changes

Solve – Consortium and Planning

  • 3 years program started in August 2019
  • Current state: Production phase, game development in collaboration with partners
  • Start of the impact evaluation in mid 2021
  • Research and development team of 10 people at CGL
  • Cooperation Partner: Cologne Game Lab & KatHO NRW
  • Collaboration Partner: University of Amsterdam (Department of Developmental Psychology)
  • Practice Partners: Several institutions in the addiction, youth care & health sector

This project is funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)