Serious Games for the Therapy of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder of Children and Adolescents

  • Rafael Radkowski
  • Wilfried Huck
  • Gitta Domik
  • Martin Holtmann
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6774)


The posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental-health problem that can emerge after a delayed reaction of a person to a traumatic incident. A common therapy is the so-called exposure therapy. However, children and adolescent cannot be treated with a common therapy. In this paper we describe a serious game for the therapy of a PTSD by children and adolescent. Objective of this paper is to introduce a concept for the game development and a method to balance the game. It is based on a so-called impulse hierarchy. The game prototype respectively the utilized concept and methods have been tested with healthy test persons. The results are a strong indication for the effective of the developed game concept and the usefulness of the key principles.


Mental Health Problem Virtual World Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Game Design Virtual Classroom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Radkowski
    • 1
  • Wilfried Huck
    • 2
  • Gitta Domik
    • 3
  • Martin Holtmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Heinz Nixdorf InstitutePaderbornGermany
  2. 2.LWL-University Clinic HammHammGermany
  3. 3.University of PaderbornPaderbornGermany

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