Home safety hero: testing reaction time differences among teen mothers for single versus multiple game play

Michelle F. Wright, Sandra T. Azar, Elisabeth M. Whyte, Christian Lopez

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Abstract

The purpose of this pilot study was to examine Home Safety Hero an innovative serious game simulation designed to train parents on home safety risks and how to resolve those risks. The aim of this research was to compare whether the reaction times for multiple plays of Home Safety Hero would improve identification, with or without distraction, and resolution of hazards would improve when compared to single play. Participants were 19 parenting teens (Mage = 17.66 years, SDage = 0.80 years; 100% female) who completed questionnaires on their demographics, frequency of game use, and their engagement with the game simulation and content. Teens were divided into two groups, one (n = 8) that played the game once and the second (n = 11) that played the game four times over a one-week period. Engagement data indicated no differences between the group of teens, suggesting that they found the game engaging even if they played it multiple times. Teens were faster at spotting risks in the home and were quicker at acting when encountering risks after playing the game four times when compared to teens in the single play group. Home Safety Hero shows promise for promoting home safety knowledge and resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19326-19337
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Psychology
Volume42
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology

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