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Type: Journal article
Title: Maladaptive player-game relationships in problematic gaming and gaming disorder: a systematic review
Author: King, D.L.
Delfabbro, P.H.
Perales, J.C.
Deleuze, J.
Király, O.
Krossbakken, E.
Billieux, J.
Citation: Clinical Psychology Review, 2019; 73:101777
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 1873-7811
1873-7811
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Daniel L.King, Paul H.Delfabbro, Jose C.Perales, Jory Deleuze, Orsolya Király, Elfrid Krossbakken, Joël Billieux
Abstract: While certain player vulnerabilities are known to increase risk of gaming disorder (GD), the topic of maladaptive player × game relationships in GD has received limited attention. This review aimed to: (1) identify game types associated with GD symptomatology; and (2) evaluate individual differences (e.g., age, personality, depression) in the relationship between gaming and GD symptomatology. A systematic review of six databases identified 23 studies of the relations between game types and GD, including 13 studies employing multivariate analyses. Player vulnerabilities implicated in GD included impulsivity, risk-taking, psychopathological symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety), and stronger gaming motivations (e.g., escapism, achievement). MMORPG involvement had the strongest positive association with GD. Problematic MMORPG players tend to have a socially anxious profile and may be attracted to the work-like roles and conventions of this genre. Problematic players of shooters tend to score higher on measures of sensation-seeking and impulsivity than other players. These findings suggest that GD may develop more readily and at more severe levels in complex, endless, socially driven games, irrespective of person-level characteristics. Some player vulnerabilities may selectively increase risk of GD for certain game types. Further research should investigate different player-game interactions to refine current models and interventions for GD.
Keywords: Addiction; Gaming disorder; Problematic gaming; Structural characteristics; Video game
Rights: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 1000005189
DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2019.101777
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE170101198
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