Role-Playing Game Research

The therapeutic applications of role-playing games and the effects of role-playing games are continually emerging areas of research and we’ve highlighted a few relevant articles from peer-reviewed journals here. Check back soon for updates as Game to Grow is actively conducting research with foundry10, and we have a few other articles in the works. As soon as they’re published, they will be added here!

 

Abyeta, S. (1991). Relationship of role-playing games to self-reported criminal behavior. Psychological Reports, 69(8), 1187-1192. https://doi.org/10.2466%2Fpr0.1991.69.3f.1187 

 

Blackmon, W. D. (1994). Dungeons and dragons: The use of a fantasy game in the psychotherapeutic treatment of a young adult. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 48 (4), 624–632. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.psychotherapy.1994.48.4.624 

 

Carter, R., & Lester, D. (1998). Personalities of players of Dungeons and Dragons. Psychological Reports,82(1), 182-182. https://doi.org/10.2466%2Fpr0.1998.82.1.182 

 

Chung, T. (2012). Table-top role playing game and creativity. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 8, 56-71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tsc.2012.06.002 

 

Cragoe, N. G. (2015). RPG mythos: Narrative gaming as modern mythmaking. Games and Culture,11(6), 583-607. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1555412015574195 

 

Crookall, D. (2010). Serious games, debriefing, and simulation/gaming as a discipline. Simulation & Gaming, 41, 898-920. https://doi.org/10.1177/1046878110390784 

 

Daniau, S. (2016). The transformative potential of role-playing games—: From play skills to human skills. Simulation and Gaming, 47(4), 423-444. http://doi.org/10.1177/1046878116650765 

 

Derenard, L. A. (1990). Alienation and the game Dungeons and Dragons. Psychological Reports, 66(3), 1219-1222. https://doi.org/10.2466%2Fpr0.1990.66.3c.1219 

 

Deterding, S. (2018). Alibis for adult play. Games and Culture,13(3), 260-279. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1555412017721086 

 

Elms, A. C. (1966). Influence of fantasy ability on attitude change through role playing. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 4(1), 36–43. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0023509 

 

Garcia, A. (2017). Privilege, power, and Dungeons & Dragons: How systems shape racial and gender identities in tabletop role-playing games. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 24(3), 232-246. https://doi.org/10.1080/10749039.2017.1293691 

 

Kato, K. (2019). Employing tabletop role-playing games (TRPGs) in social communication support measures for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Japan: A hands-on report on the use of leisure activities. Japanese Journal of Analog Role-Playing Game Studies, 0, 23-28. https://doi.org/10.14989/jarps_0_23 

 

Lancaster, K. (1994). Do role-playing games promote crime, satanism and suicide among players as critics claim? The Journal of Popular Culture,28(2), 67-79. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-3840.1994.2802_67.x 

 

Lis, E., Chiniara, C., Biskin, R., & Montoro, R. (2015). Psychiatrists’ perceptions of role-playing games. Psychiatric Quarterly, 86(3), 381-384. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11126-015-9339-5 

 

Raghuraman, R. S. (2000). Dungeons and Dragons: Dealing with emotional and behavioral issues of an adolescent with diabetes. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 27(1), 27–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0197-4556(99)00025-8 

 

Rosselet, J. G., & Stauffer, S. D. (2013). Using group role-playing games with gifted children and adolescents: A psychosocial intervention model. International Journal of Play Therapy, 22(4), 173–192. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0034557 

 

Simkins, D. W., & Steinkuehler, C. (2008). Critical ethical reasoning and role-play. Games and Culture,3(3-4), 333-355. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1555412008317313 

 

Thorhauge, A. M. (2013). The rules of the game – the rules of the player. Games and Culture,8(6), 371-391. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1555412013493497 

 

Wright, J. C., Weissglass, D. E., & Casey, V. (2017). Imaginative role-playing as a medium for  moral development. Journal of Humanistic Psychology,1-31. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0022167816686263 

 

If you are interested in learning more about related literature and the theoretical support for TA-RPGs, check out our training program! If you know of an article from a peer-reviewed journal that should be included, please send the citation to training@gametogrow.org