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FOR-VR: Virtual Reality Aggression Prevention Training in forensic settings - Sweden

Goal: https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN55538093

Main goal:
Investigating the effect of VRAPT on the incidence and severity of aggressive behaviors in forensic psychiatric patients

Secondary goals:
1. How does VRAPT affect emotion regulation abilities and strategies in forensic psychiatric patients?
2. What important influencing factors (such as presence experience in the virtual environment, psychosocial background, psychiatric characteristics including personality, occurrence of other behavioral behaviors including substance use in patients) must read about evaluation of treatment effect of VRAPT and forensic psychiatric care?
3. How is VRAPT experienced by participating patients and personal?

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Fernando R. González Moraga
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Aggression is a known problem in individuals being cared for in forensic settings, yet the evidence base for its treatment is scarce. Virtual Reality (VR) has been proposed as a promising addition to interventions in forensic settings, as it may increase the motivation among participants, bridge the gap between real life, therapeutic and laboratory experiences, and increase the ecological validity of psychological research. Recently, a new treatment for aggression using VR as the treatment environment, Virtual Reality Aggression Prevention Training (VRAPT), was developed to provide realistic and safe environments for participants to practice aggression management. In its current revised version, VRAPT is conceptualized as a form of cognitive behavioral therapy with its theoretical background in the General Aggression Model. Its purpose is to increase awareness of, and improve control over, one's own aggression and that of others through social interactions in individually tailored virtual environments. This manuscript describes how the lessons learned from the first randomized controlled trial of VRAPT have been applied to further develop the method and discusses challenges and future directions for VR-assisted treatment of aggression in forensic settings. VRAPT is a new psychological treatment for aggression and the coming years will provide expanded scientific evidence for further developments and adaptations.
Fernando R. González Moraga
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The study entitled "Treatment of aggression with Virtual Reality" is now listed on the ISRCTN registry with study ISRCTN55538093 https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN55538093
 
Fernando R. González Moraga
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In this project, we will test a new treatment of aggression with Virtual Reality, the "Virtual Reality Aggression Prevention Training" (VRAPT, Tuente et al., 2018). The VRAPT will be tested in different forensic settings in Sweden. The purpose of the VRAPT is to increase awareness of, and improve control over, one's own aggression, and to be able to handle others' aggression in a better way with the support of Virtual Reality. VRAPT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy, with a conceptualization of human aggression based on the General Aggression Model (GAM; Anderson & Bushman, 2002; Anderson & Carnagey, 2004; DeWall, Anderson, & Bushman, 2011).
 
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VRAPT 2.0 - Sweden
 
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Main goal:
Investigating the effect of VRAPT on the incidence and severity of aggressive behaviors in forensic psychiatric patients
Secondary goals:
1. How does VRAPT affect emotion regulation abilities and strategies in forensic psychiatric patients?
2. What important influencing factors (such as presence experience in the virtual environment, psychosocial background, psychiatric characteristics including personality, occurrence of other behavioral behaviors including substance use in patients) must read about evaluation of treatment effect of VRAPT and forensic psychiatric care?
3. How is VRAPT experienced by participating patients and personal?