The role of violent video game exposure, personality, and deviant peers in aggressive behaviors among adolescents: a two-wave longitudinal study

López-Fernández, F.J., Mezquita, L., Etkin, P., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Ortet, G. and Ibáñez, M.I., 2021. The role of violent video game exposure, personality, and deviant peers in aggressive behaviors among adolescents: a two-wave longitudinal study. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 24 (1), pp. 32-40. ISSN 2152-2715

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Abstract

The impact of violent video game exposure (VVGE) on aggressive behaviors has been extensively explored, but still remains controversial. Although some studies have shown slight detrimental short-term effects of VVGE, other studies have failed to find any consequence. In addition, the existence of long-lasting effects on aggressiveness, or their impact on adolescents, are still not well established. One limitation of most of these studies is that they do not control for other important risk variables for aggressive behaviors, such as personality and deviant peers, nor have they investigated the possible moderation role of these risk factors in the link between VVGE and aggression. Therefore, the main aim was to examine the additive and interactive role of VVGE, personality, and deviant peers in adolescent aggressive behaviors cross-sectionally and longitudinally. Many regression analyses and a cross-lagged autoregressive model were carried out. At both waves, aggressive behavior was predicted by having deviant peers and specific personality traits, especially low agreeableness. VVGE also presented a slight but significant effect at both waves, but it became nonsignificant when controlling for other variables. No long-term effects on the relation between VVGE and aggressive behaviors were found. Some moderation effects were consistently found at both waves: when participants reported having more deviant peers, the effects of VVGE and low agreeableness on aggressive behaviors significantly increased. These findings suggest that multiple biopsychosocial variables and their complex interplay need to be examined to gain a better understanding of the origin and expression of aggressive behavior.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: VVGE, personality and peers in aggression [running title]
Publication Title: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Creators: López-Fernández, F.J., Mezquita, L., Etkin, P., Griffiths, M.D., Ortet, G. and Ibáñez, M.I.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Date: January 2021
Volume: 24
Number: 1
ISSN: 2152-2715
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1089/cyber.2020.0030DOI
1391953Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 02 Dec 2020 10:17
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2021 15:13
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41743

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