Good Shepherd: Back to Reality Series

2016-03-18 04:48:28 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to determine whether the Back to Reality series video games - Harry's Journey, Harry's Journal, and Pathways to care map - are effective at educating homeless and street involved youth, registered at the Youth Services Good Shepherd Hamilton, about the emotional, social, and psychiatric sequel of problematic underage substance use. The objectives of the video games are to promote early detection and awareness of mental health and substance use problems among youth.


This project examines the use of video game technology to help youth gain awareness of symptoms and problems associated with hazardous substance use. By playing the Back to Reality video games, youths may absorb knowledge about where and how to access community care for symptoms associated with psychosis and problematic cannabis use. The purpose of this study is to pilot test the effectiveness of the Back to Reality series at improving awareness of the social and emotional implications of underage substance use. Recognizing and overcoming hazardous substance use is essential for youth to develop positive self-identities and to flourish socially and academically. Improving mental health literacy may help youth to become better-informed consumers.

This study involves a randomized single blind controlled trial of video games along with a post-intervention mixed method design. The results will be assessed using quantitative questionnaires and qualitative interviews. The qualitative interview assesses the participants understanding of potential emotional, social, and psychiatric manifestations of excessive marijuana use during youth.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)




Back to Reality Series video games, Control video games


Cleghorn Program-Early Intervention in Psychosis.St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
L8N 1Y2


Not yet recruiting


McMaster University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-03-18T04:48:28-0400

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