Psychosocial factors mediating the relationship between childhood emotional trauma and Internet gaming disorder: a pilot study

Kircaburun, K., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Billieux, J., 2019. Psychosocial factors mediating the relationship between childhood emotional trauma and Internet gaming disorder: a pilot study. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10 (1): 1565031. ISSN 2000-8198

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Abstract

Internet gaming disorder (IGD) has been related to a wide range of detrimental psychological and health consequences. The purpose of the present pilot study was to test the direct and indirect relationships between IGD and emotional trauma, body image dissatisfaction, social anxiety, loneliness, depression, and self-esteem. A total of 242 online gamers completed a survey comprising a comprehensive battery of psychometric self-report scales concerning aforementioned variables. Results indicated that IGD was significantly correlated with all the variables except for body image dissatisfaction. Path analysis indicated an indirect relationship between childhood emotional trauma and IGD through depressive symptoms, while adjusting for gender, age, and number of hours gaming. The findings of the present study indicate that online gamers with a history of emotional abuse and/or neglect have higher levels of depressive symptoms, and that depressive symptoms are important risk factors of IGD.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Journal of Psychotraumatology
Creators: Kircaburun, K., Griffiths, M.D. and Billieux, J.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 14 January 2019
Volume: 10
Number: 1
ISSN: 2000-8198
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10.1080/20008198.2018.1565031DOI
Rights: © 2018 the author(s)
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 03 Jan 2019 15:56
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2019 15:03
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35461

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