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Celiac Disease and Empowerment: Can Gamification Increase Child's Empowerment Feeling and Adherence to Gluten Free Diet?

By Maayan Efrat
Location Bloomfield 527
Academic Program: BS
Tuesday 02 July 2019, 11:30 - 12:00

Young children recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease (CD) are immediately required to change their lives and strictly adhere to Gluten-Free Diet (GFD). In this research project we took the approach of educating and empowering children with CD through a mobile game, to facilitate adherence and improve their empowerment feeling and quality of life (QOL). Through a user-centered design process we implemented a city analogy where the children can learn, through various games aimed to save the city, to identify and distinguish between gluten and gluten-free foods and understand the basics of the GFD. Preliminary results of a field experiment indicate higher levels of empowerment feeling and QOL for the intervention group as well as gaining knowledge, enjoyment and engagement with the game.