Pathological video game playing in Spanish and British adolescents: towards the exploration of Internet Gaming Disorder symptomatology

Lopez-Fernandez, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-4294-9156, Honrubia-Serrano, M.L., Baguley, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-0477-2492 and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2014. Pathological video game playing in Spanish and British adolescents: towards the exploration of Internet Gaming Disorder symptomatology. Computers in Human Behavior, 41, pp. 304-312. ISSN 0747-5632

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Research into problematic video gaming has increased greatly over the last decade and many screening instruments have been developed to identify such behaviour. This study re-examined the Problematic Videogame Playing [PVP] Scale. The objectives of the study were to (i) examine its psychometric properties in two European countries, (ii) estimate the prevalence of potential pathological gaming among adolescents in both countries, and (iii) assess the classification accuracy of the PVP Scale based on its symptomatology as a way of exploring its relationship with both the behavioural component model of addiction and the proposed Internet Gaming Disorder. The data were collected via a survey administered to 2,356 adolescents aged between 11 and 18 years from Spain (n=1,132) and Great Britain (n=1,224). Results indicated that the reliability of both versions was adequate, and the factorial and construct validity were good. Findings also showed that the prevalence of pathological gamers estimated with a rigorous cut-off point was 7.7% for Spanish and 14.6% for British adolescents. The scale showed adequate sensitivity, specificity and classification accuracy in both countries, and was able to differentiate between social and potential pathological gamers, and from their addictive symptomatology. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Computers in Human Behavior
Creators: Lopez-Fernandez, O., Honrubia-Serrano, M.L., Baguley, T. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: December 2014
Volume: 41
ISSN: 0747-5632
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:50
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 13:40

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