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A cognitive-behavioral model of problematic online gaming in adolescents aged 12–22 years

Authors
Journal
Computers in Human Behavior
0747-5632
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
29
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2012.08.006
Keywords
  • Problematic Online Gaming
  • Pathological Gaming
  • Game Addiction
  • Preference For Online Social Interaction
  • Mood Regulation
  • Deficient Self-Regulation

Abstract

Abstract The aim of this study was to apply the cognitive behavioral model of problematic Internet use to the context of online game use to obtain a better understanding of problematic use of online games and its negative consequences. In total, 597 online game playing adolescents aged 12–22years participated in this study. Results showed that the cognitive behavioral model of problematic Internet use can also be used in the context of online game use. More specifically, preference for online social interaction, mood regulation and deficient self-regulation appeared to play an important role in predicting negative outcomes from problematic online game use. Together, these cognitions and behaviors explained 79% of the variance of negative outcomes scores. These findings can be used to develop strategies that aim at reducing problematic online game behavior and its negative consequences.

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