SuperBetter

SuperBetter is a web-based program and Apple™ app that is intended to help individuals with a variety of mental health issues. It was created by video game designers and focuses on building users’ “Resilience,” defined as “the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges.” SuperBetter is fully customizable, and has users tackle quests, utilize power-ups and boosts, and identifies “Bad Guys” for users to defeat. By motivating users to overcome obstacles and pay attention to strengths, and keeping users interested through its unique format, SuperBetter can be a helpful add-on to more traditional mental health treatments, or a stand-alone system for individuals with short-term or situational difficulties.

Available for: Computers (PCs and Macs) and Apple™ devices
Company: SuperBetter Labs, Inc.
Classification: general
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, PTSD and Other Anxiety Disorders
Target demographic: Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language versions available: Yes (French, Italian)
Where to get it: https://www.superbetter.com/


Expert ratings and reviews

PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product

Total score: 10/14

subscores
Basis of research: 1/3
Source of funding for the research: 1/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 2/3
Number of consumer ratings: 3/3
Product advisory support:  1/1
Software support:  2/2

date of rating: June 2016

Explanation of the rating factors


MARS rating

  • Two experts rated the MARS
  • Quality scores range from 1 to 5, where 5 is the maximum score

Objective quality score: 4.39

Subscale scores:

Engagement: 4.20

Functionality: 4.63

Aesthetics: 4.17

Information: 4.58


Subjective quality score: 3.75

Perceived impact score: 3.67

 

Independently rated by the Queensland University of Technology

Date of rating: August 2016

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Expert review

Read the expert review by Adam C. Powell, Ph.D.




Research on the product

Roepke Ann Marie, Jaffee Sara R., Riffle Olivia M., McGonigal Jane, Broome Rose, and Maxwell Bez. Randomized Controlled Trial of SuperBetter, a Smartphone-Based/Internet-Based Self-Help Tool to Reduce Depressive Symptoms. Games for Health Journal. April 2015, 4(3): 235-246. doi:10.1089/g4h.2014.0046.



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