Assessment of Emotion-regulation Skills in Game-based Situations

Babes-Bolyai University (Other)
Overall Status
Completed ID
The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (Other)

Study Details

Study Description

Brief Summary

The aim of the study is to investigate the validity of in-game scores as indicators for emotional regulation abilities in children and adolescence.

Condition or Disease Intervention/Treatment Phase
  • Other: REThink therapeutic game

Study Design

Study Type:
Actual Enrollment :
110 participants
Intervention Model:
Single Group Assignment
None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose:
Official Title:
The Validity of In-game Performance Measurements or Scores as Indicators of Children's Emotional Regulation Abilities
Actual Study Start Date :
May 5, 2021
Actual Primary Completion Date :
Jan 15, 2022
Actual Study Completion Date :
Jan 31, 2022

Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/Treatment
Experimental: Online therapeutic game

Participants in this group will have access to the evaluation module of the REThink game.

Other: REThink therapeutic game
REThink is a online therapeutic game developed by David and collaborators (2018), proved to be an efficient intervention to reduce emotional symptoms of children and adolescents.

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures

  1. Emotion-regulation [Pre-intervention (one day before the intervention)]

    The Emotion Regulation Index for Children and Adolescents (ERICA; Biesecker & Easterbrooks, 2001). It is a 13-item on a five-point Likert scale, from 0 "strong disagreement" to 5"strong agreement" where higher scores represent better emotional regulation abilities,

  2. Strengths and difficulties [Pre-intervention (one day before the intervention)]

    Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire - child version (SDQ; Goodman, 1997). It is a 25-item on a three-point Liker scale, from 0 "not true" to 2 "certainly true" where lower scores represent an improvement or lack of problems.

  3. Emotional symptoms [Pre-intervention (one day before the intervention)]

    The Child Behavior Checklist for ages 6-18 (CBCL; Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001) is a parent-report of child emotional and behavioral problems. Each item is rated on a 3-point Likert-style scale ranging from 0 (not true) to 2 (very true or often true). The DSM-derived affective and anxiety scales and the anxious/depressed and withdrawn/depressed syndrome scales, respectively, will be used to assess emotional symptoms.

  4. Emotion recognition [Pre-intervention (one day before the intervention)]

    The Emotion Awareness Questionnaire (EAQ, Rieffe et al., 2008) is a 32-item questionnaire on a three-point Liker scale, from 0 "not true" to 2 "certainly true".

  5. Compassion [Pre-intervention (one day before the intervention)]

    Compassion Scale for Children (CSC, Nas & Sak, 2020) is a 20-items scale rated on a five points Likert scale from "Never" to "Always" where higher scores means higher levels of compassion.

Eligibility Criteria


Ages Eligible for Study:
8 Years to 14 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Inclusion Criteria:
  • children and adolescents between 8 and 16 years

  • provided written parental consent

Exclusion Criteria:
  • Intellectual disability or physical limitations precluded the use of the computer program

  • Had a major mental health disorder

Contacts and Locations


Site City State Country Postal Code
1 Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca Cluj Romania 400540

Sponsors and Collaborators

  • Babes-Bolyai University
  • The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding


None specified.

Study Documents (Full-Text)

None provided.

More Information


None provided.
Responsible Party:
Oana David, Associate Professor, Babes-Bolyai University Identifier:
Other Study ID Numbers:
  • 1693/22.02.2021
First Posted:
Mar 9, 2021
Last Update Posted:
Aug 19, 2022
Last Verified:
Aug 1, 2022
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product:
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product:
Keywords provided by Oana David, Associate Professor, Babes-Bolyai University

Study Results

No Results Posted as of Aug 19, 2022