Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 112–120 | Cite as

Video Game Therapy: Application of the Couple and Family Technology Framework

  • Michael Curtis
  • Mary Phenix
  • Monica Munoz
  • Katherine M. Hertlein
Original Paper


The couple and family technology framework outlines how technology affects couple and family relationships. This framework has been applied to understanding the impact of technology on infidelity, contributed to our understanding of online gaming issues in couple relationships, and sexting. The purpose of this paper is to outline how to implement video gaming as a disciplinary tool for youth congruent with the couple and family technology framework. Specifically, we identify the elements of video games that can be applied as an intervention in family treatment with youth in a token economy. This proposed technique focuses on utilizing technology (and specifically video games) as a strategy to improve youth’s behavior. Consistent with the couple and family technology framework, this paper outlines how accessibility, affordability, accommodation, and approximation can be used to improve behavior as well as improve parent–child relationships. Implications are included.


Token economies Video games Cognitive-behavioral therapy Behavior modification Couple and family technology framework 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Curtis
    • 1
  • Mary Phenix
    • 1
  • Monica Munoz
    • 1
  • Katherine M. Hertlein
    • 1
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasUSA

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