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Psychol Rep. 1998 Apr;82(2):475-80.

Dependence on computer games by adolescents.

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Psychology Division, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom.

Abstract

As computer game playing is a popular activity among adolescents, a questionnaire study was undertaken with 387 adolescents (12-16 years of age) to establish their "dependence" using a scale adapted from the DSM-III-R criteria for pathological gambling. Analysis indicated that one in five adolescents were currently "dependent" upon computer games. Boys played significantly more regularly than girls and were more likely to be classified as "dependent." The earlier children began playing computer games it appeared the more likely they were to be playing at "dependent" levels. These and other results are discussed in relation to research on other gaming dependencies.

PMID:
9621722
DOI:
10.2466/pr0.1998.82.2.475
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