The role of social anxiety, the behavioural inhibition system and depression in online gaining addiction in adults

Vanzoelen, Deborah, and Caltabiano, Marie L. (2016) The role of social anxiety, the behavioural inhibition system and depression in online gaining addiction in adults. Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, 8 (3). pp. 231-245.

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Abstract

This study explored whether adults, who have symptoms of social anxiety or depression, or a temperamental tendency towards having a high behavioural inhibition system, will be more prone to developing online gaming addiction. Data were collected over a 2-month period with a total of 186 participants completing all the online questionnaires (147 university students and 39 “Second Life” (SL) users) of which 66 were male (M=34.6, SD = 14.15) and 120 were female (M= 33.32, SD = 12.8). Results of a hierarchical multiple linear regression analysis indicated that combined, social anxiety, a high behavioural inhibition system and depression explained a small amount of variability (9.9%) in gaming addiction, with social anxiety explaining the most variance in the model. Any effect of the behavioural inhibition system was mainly thorough its impact on social anxiety. Young adult (26-40 years) and middle adult (41-60 years) females represented a higher proportion of problematic gamers in this sample than males. Further research is required into risk factors for addictive gaming particularly in adult female players.

Item ID: 47012
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1757-1928
Keywords: online gaming, gaming addiction, social anxiety, behavioural inhibition, depression, adult gaming, monothetic approach, polythetic approach
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 03:55
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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