Gaming for safer sex: improving explicit and implicit cognitions toward safer sex precautions in young people

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This dissertation tested a serious game approach for increasing safer-sex behavior in young people while broadening the focus on barrier protection by adding the following two behaviors: asking about a new sex partner’s sexual health and refraining from risky sexual practices with a new sex partner. The results obtained were mixed and suggest that more gaming sessions than provided were needed to achieve a robust attitude change, and that targeting three behaviors in one game might have simply been too much. It seems that in a virtual environment - less is more.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Ruiter, Rob, Supervisor
  • Wiers, Reinout, Supervisor, External person
  • Kok, Gerjo, Supervisor
Award date6 Feb 2019
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789463802307
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Gaming
  • Safe sex
  • explicit and implicit cognition

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