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ERIC Number: EJ987891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
ISSN: ISSN-1557-1874
The Contribution of Game Genre and Other Use Patterns to Problem Video Game Play among Adult Video Gamers
Elliott, Luther; Ream, Geoffrey; McGinsky, Elizabeth; Dunlap, Eloise
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, v10 n6 p948-969 Dec 2012
A nationally representative online survey (n = 3,380) was used to assess the contribution of patterns of video game play to problem video game play (PVGP) symptomatology. Game genre, enjoyment, consumer involvement, time spent gaming (gaming days in the past month and hours on days used), and demographic variables were all examined. The study confirms game genre's contribution to problem use as well as demographic variation in play patterns that underlie problem video game play vulnerability. Identification of a small group of game types positively correlated with problem use suggests new directions for research into the specific design elements and reward mechanics of "addictive" video games. Unique vulnerabilities to problem use among certain groups demonstrate the need for ongoing investigation of health disparities related to contextual dimensions of video game play.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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