Depression, Internet Gaming Disorder, and the moderating effect of the gamer-avatar relationship: an exploratory longitudinal study

Burleigh, T.L., Stavropoulos, V., Liew, L.W.L., Adams, B.L.M. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2017. Depression, Internet Gaming Disorder, and the moderating effect of the gamer-avatar relationship: an exploratory longitudinal study. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Research into Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) literature largely uses cross-sectional designs and seldom examines gaming context-related factors. Therefore, the present study combined a cross-sectional and longitudinal design to examine depression and the gamer-avatar relationship (GAR) as risk factors in the development of IGD among emerging adults. IGD behaviors of 125 gamers (64 online gamers, Mage = 23.3 years, SD= 3.4; 61 offline gamers, Mage = 23.0 years, SD= 3.4) were assessed using the nine-item Internet Gaming Disorder Scale Short Form (IGDS-SF9; Pontes & Griffiths, 2015). The Self-Presence Scale (Ratan & Dawson, 2015) and the Beck Depression Inventory (Beck, Steer, & Brown, 1996) were also used to assess gamers’ levels of GAR and depressive symptoms respectively. Regression and moderation analyses revealed that depression and the GAR act as individual risk factors in the development of IGD over time. Furthermore, the GAR exacerbates the IGD risk effect of depression.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Burleigh, T.L., Stavropoulos, V., Liew, L.W.L., Adams, B.L.M. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 21 September 2017
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-017-9806-3DOI
9806Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 03 Oct 2017 09:04
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2017 09:04
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31779

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