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Investigating the motivational and psychosocial dynamics of dysregulated gaming: evidence from a preregistered cohort study

Przybylski, Andrew K. and Weinstein, Netta 2019. Investigating the motivational and psychosocial dynamics of dysregulated gaming: evidence from a preregistered cohort study. Clinical Psychological Science 7 (6) , pp. 1257-1265. 10.1177/2167702619859341

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Abstract

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and World Health Organization (WHO) have called for research investigating the clinical relevance of dysregulated video-game play. A growing number of exploratory studies have applied self-determination theory to probe the psychological dynamics of problematic gaming, but little is known about these dynamics in adolescents—the targets of most concerns—or the extent to which dysregulated gaming, in turn, affects functioning. In our study of British adolescents and their caregivers (n = 2,008), we adopted a confirmatory lens to test the extent to which basic psychological need satisfactions and frustrations underlie dysfunctional gaming behavior. The results, in line with preregistered sampling and data-analysis plans, indicated the frustrations, but not the absence of satisfactions, of psychological needs predicted adolescents’ dysregulated gaming and psychosocial functioning. Our discussion focuses on the clinical significance of gaming dysregulation and the advantages of transparent scientific practices for research informed by, and meant to inform, APA and WHO guidance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 2167-7026
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 February 2020
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2020 12:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/129959

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