Prevalence and predictors of video game addiction: a study based on a national representative sample of gamers

Wittek, CT, Finserås, TR, Pallesen, S, Mentzoni, RA, Hanss, D, Griffiths, MD ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Molde, H, 2016. Prevalence and predictors of video game addiction: a study based on a national representative sample of gamers. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 14 (5), pp. 672-686. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Video gaming has become a popular leisure activity in many parts of the world, and an increasing number of empirical studies examine the small minority that appears to develop problems as a result of excessive gaming. This study investigated prevalence rates and predictors of video game addiction in a sample of gamers, randomly selected from the National Population Registry of Norway (N =3389). Results showed there were 1.4 % addicted gamers, 7.3 % problem gamers, 3.9 % engaged gamers, and 87.4 % normal gamers. Gender (being male) and age group (being young) were positively associated with addicted-, problem-, and engaged gamers. Place of birth (Africa, Asia, South- and Middle America) were positively associated with addicted- and problem gamers. Video game addiction was negatively associated with conscientiousness and positively associated with neuroticism. Poor psychosomatic health was positively associated with problem- and engaged gaming. These factors provide insight into the field of video game addiction, and may help to provide guidance as to how individuals that are at risk of becoming addicted gamers can be identified.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Wittek, C.T., Finserås, T.R., Pallesen, S., Mentzoni, R.A., Hanss, D., Griffiths, M.D. and Molde, H.
Publisher: Springer
Date: October 2016
Volume: 14
Number: 5
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-015-9592-8DOI
Rights: © The Author(s) 2015. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 04 Dec 2015 11:18
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:58
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26594

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