Effect of Exergames on Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Date of Issue2016
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Depression is a major public health concern in current society. In recent years many studies began to investigate the potential benefits of exergames on depression. The current study aimed to provide a systematic review to synthesize the existing studies and discover the overall effect size of exergames on treating depression. A comprehensive literature search was conducted among major bibliographic databases in computer technology, psychology, and medical science. Key study characteristics of participants, interventions, and experiment were extracted in the systematic review. Both studies using independent groups and matched groups were included in meta-analysis. Overall effect size of Hedges' g was calculated, followed by subgroup analyses. Nine studies included in the review, while eight studies applying exergames of Nintendo's Wii or Wii Fit.
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
© 2016 Mary Ann Liebert. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Mary Ann Liebert. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2015.0366].