The role of avoidance coping and escape motives in problematic online gaming: a systematic literature review

Melodia, F., Canale, N. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2020. The role of avoidance coping and escape motives in problematic online gaming: a systematic literature review. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Over the past two decades, research into Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) has markedly increased due to worldwide spread of online videogames. The reasons and motivations for playing greatly contribute to its popularity. Escapism and avoidance coping strategies have been studied extensively and conceptualized as motives to play. A growing research base has demonstrated a strong association between these motives to play and negative gaming outcomes. Consequently, the aim of the present systematic review was to provide a comprehensive overview of the role of avoidance coping and escape motives in problematic online gaming. A systematic literature search was carried out using academic databases and a total of 26 empirical studies met the inclusion criteria. The results show that escapism and avoidance coping represent both a predictor of IGD and play a mediating role between many psychological factors (e.g., self-esteem, loneliness, self-concept, anxiety) and problematic online gaming. However, the review also highlights the paucity of longitudinal studies that hinder the determination of the causal direction of these associations. Despite this limitation, the evidence has important implication for developing more effective prevention programs and clinical interventions.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Melodia, F., Canale, N. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 30 November 2020
ISSN: 1557-1874
Identifiers:
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10.1007/s11469-020-00422-wDOI
1391902Other
Rights: © The Author(s) 2020. Open Access. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article's Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Dec 2020 10:03
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2020 10:03
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41733

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