GAME OVER: When Everyday Behaviour Becomes an Addiction

Student, A. (2017) GAME OVER: When Everyday Behaviour Becomes an Addiction. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Excessive patterns of behaviour are at risk of being overpathologized in modern day society and stigmatised with the label of ‘addiction. This study aimed to expand previous research on predictors of pathological gaming. Variance in Internet Gaming Disorder was identified by psychological constructs of self-esteem, self-control, motives for playing games and total play time. Self-esteem and self-control has been well documented in addiction research but interaction with other factors such as motives are less so. 105 gaming participants were assessed via an online questionnaire for various psychometric scales representing the predictor variables. Results found that a model of self-esteem, self-control, motives for playing games and total play time (week) accounted for 46% of the variance in addiction as classified by the C-VAT 2.0. Findings further supported the that particular motivations, such as escapism, significantly predict problematic gaming. The study also outlines the status of Internet Gaming Disorder conceptualisation and the current debates around the DSM-5. Limitations and future research are discussed. Furthermore, recommendations are made for a more eclectic approach to behavioural addiction by considering psychosocial formulation which incorporates social, situational, biological and psychological processes to explain behavioural addiction holistically.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BSc (Hons) Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet Gaming Disorder; Behavioural Addiction; Pathological Gaming; Gaming; Addiction; Motivation.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Departments > Psychology and Counselling
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 12:26
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 12:26

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