Internet Gaming Disorder Behaviors in emergent adulthood: a pilot study examining the interplay between anxiety and family cohesion

Adams, B.L.M., Stavropoulos, V., Burleigh, T.L., Liew, L.W.L., Beard, C.L. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2018. Internet Gaming Disorder Behaviors in emergent adulthood: a pilot study examining the interplay between anxiety and family cohesion. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Understanding risk and protective factors associated with Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) has been highlighted as a research priority by the American Psychiatric Association, (2013). The present study focused on the potential IGD risk effect of anxiety and the buffering role of family cohesion on this association. A sample of emerging adults all of whom were massively multiplayer online (MMO) gamers (18–29 years) residing in Australia were assessed longitudinally (face-to-face: N = 61, Mage = 23.02 years, SD = 3.43) and cross-sectionally (online: N = 64, Mage = 23.34 years, SD = 3.39). IGD symptoms were assessed using the nine-item Internet Gaming Disorder Scale-Short Form (IGDS-SF9; Pontes & Griffiths Computers in Human Behavior, 45, 137–143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.12.006, 2015). The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI; Beck and Steer, 1990) and the balanced family cohesion scale (BFC; Olson Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 3(1) 64–80. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1752-0606.2009.00175.x, 2011) were applied to assess anxiety and BFC levels, respectively. Linear regressions and moderation analyses confirmed that anxiety increased IGD risk and that BFC weakened the anxiety-related IGD risk.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Adams, B.L.M., Stavropoulos, V., Burleigh, T.L., Liew, L.W.L., Beard, C.L. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 30 January 2018
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-018-9873-0DOI
9873Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 31 Jan 2018 08:54
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2018 09:08
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32587

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