Trait emotional intelligence and Internet Gaming Disorder among gamers: the mediating role of online gaming motives and moderating role of age groups

Kircaburun, K., Demetrovics, Z., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Király, O., Kun, B. and Tosuntaş, Ş.B., 2019. Trait emotional intelligence and Internet Gaming Disorder among gamers: the mediating role of online gaming motives and moderating role of age groups. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Personality differences are important determinants of problematic online behaviors. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the mediating role of loneliness, depression, and online gaming motives and moderating role of age on the relationship between trait emotional intelligence (EI) and Internet gaming disorder (IGD) via the construction of a multiple mediation model. A total of 478 online gamers completed a self-report online survey, including validated psychometric scales assessing the aforementioned constructs. Results indicated that trait EI was directly and indirectly associated with IGD and that the motive of escape was a partial mediator between trait EI and IGD among the total sample and adult gamers, but not among adolescents. Moreover, trait EI was associated with coping, skill development, fantasy, and recreation gaming motives only among total sample and adult gamers, and the escape motive was positively associated with IGD among total sample and adult gamers. However, among these relationships, only the association between trait EI and fantasy was significantly moderated by age group. Furthermore, the direct effect of trait EI was stronger among adolescent gamers when compared to adult gamers. Results showed that trait EI is inversely associated with IGD and affects gaming for different motives among adolescent and adult gamers.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Kircaburun, K., Demetrovics, Z., Griffiths, M.D., Király, O., Kun, B. and Tosuntaş, Ş.B.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 3 December 2019
ISSN: 1557-1874
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1007/s11469-019-00179-xDOI
1250485Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 05 Dec 2019 12:43
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2019 12:54
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38767

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