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ERIC Number: EJ1119241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
The Longitudinal Association between Competitive Video Game Play and Aggression among Adolescents and Young Adults
Adachi, Paul J. C.; Willoughby, Teena
Child Development, v87 n6 p1877-1892 Nov-Dec 2016
The longitudinal association between competitive video game play and aggression among young adults and adolescents was examined. Young adults (N = 1,132; M[subscript age] = 19 years) were surveyed annually over 4 years about their video game play and aggression, and data from a 4-year longitudinal study of adolescents (N = 1,492; M[subscript age] = 13 years) was reanalyzed. The results demonstrated a longitudinal association between competitive video game play and aggressive behavior among both age groups. In addition, competitive video game play predicted higher levels of aggressive affect over time, which, in turn, predicted higher levels of aggressive behavior over time, suggesting that aggressive affect was a mechanism of this link. These findings highlight the importance of investigating competitive elements of video game play that may predict aggression over time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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