Yale researchers hope iPad game can help with HIV prevention

Researchers at Yale University's School of Medicine developed a new game developed for the iPad to inform minority teens about HIV prevention, the Yale Daily News reported. The game--Play Forward: Elm City Stories--is based on results of focus groups of New Haven, Conn., teenagers. Specifically, the researchers conducted interviews and focus groups with 36 youths between the ages of 10 and 15 about decisions to engage in risky behavior. "What makes this game unique is that we are focused on behavior change, not just knowledge acquisition," Kimberly Hieftje, a researcher involved with the game's creation, told the Yale Daily News. "There are not a lot of clinical trials that have been done about efficacy of games for behavior change. We want to see if kids can take what they learn and apply it to life." Article

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