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Type: Journal article
Title: Trajectories of problem video gaming among adult regular gamers: An 18-month longitudinal study
Author: King, D.
Delfabbro, P.
Griffiths, M.
Citation: CyberPsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 2013; 16(1):72-76
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 2152-2715
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Daniel L. King, Paul H. Delfabbro, and Mark D. Griffiths
Abstract: A three-wave, longitudinal study examined the long-term trajectory of problem gaming symptoms among adult regular video gamers. Potential changes in problem gaming status were assessed at two intervals using an online survey over an 18-month period. Participants (N=117) were recruited by an advertisement posted on the public forums of multiple Australian video game-related websites. Inclusion criteria were being of adult age and having a video gaming history of at least 1 hour of gaming every week over the past 3 months. Two groups of adult video gamers were identified: those players who did (N=37) and those who did not (N=80) identify as having a serious gaming problem at the initial survey intake. The results showed that regular gamers who self-identified as having a video gaming problem at baseline reported more severe problem gaming symptoms than normal gamers, at all time points. However, both groups experienced a significant decline in problem gaming symptoms over an 18-month period, controlling for age, video gaming activity, and psychopathological symptoms.
Keywords: Humans; Longitudinal Studies; Behavior, Addictive; Video Games; Internet; Adolescent; Adult; Australia; Female; Male; Diagnostic Self Evaluation; Surveys and Questionnaires
Description: Online ahead of print: October 25, 2012 This is a copy of an article published in the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking © 2012 copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.; Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking is available online at:
Rights: © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
RMID: 0020124657
DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0062
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