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Title: Pathological video game use among youths: A two-year longitudinal study
Authors: Gentile, D.A.
Choo, H. 
Liau, A.
Sim, T.
Li, D.
Fung, D.
Khoo, A.
Keywords: Depression
Impulse control
Pathological video game use
Video game addiction
Issue Date: Feb-2011
Citation: Gentile, D.A., Choo, H., Liau, A., Sim, T., Li, D., Fung, D., Khoo, A. (2011-02). Pathological video game use among youths: A two-year longitudinal study. Pediatrics 127 (2) : e319-e329. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: We aimed to measure the prevalence and length of the problem of pathological video gaming or Internet use, to identify risk and protective factors, to determine whether pathological gaming is a primary or secondary problem, and to identify outcomes for individuals who become or stop being pathological gamers. METHODS: A 2-year, longitudinal, panel study was performed with a general elementary and secondary school population in Singapore, including 3034 children in grades 3 (N=743), 4 (N=711), 7 (N=916), and 8 (N = 664). Several hypothesized risk and protective factors for developing or overcoming pathological gaming were measured, including weekly amount of game play, impulsivity, social competence, depression, social phobia, anxiety, and school performance. RESULTS: The prevalence of pathological gaming was similar to that in other countries (∼9%). Greater amounts of gaming, lower social competence, and greater impulsivity seemed to act as risk factors for becoming pathological gamers, whereas depression, anxiety, social phobias, and lower school performance seemed to act as outcomes of pathological gaming. CONCLUSION: This study adds important information to the discussion about whether video game "addiction" is similar to other addictive behaviors, demonstrating that it can last for years and is not solely a symptom of comorbid disorders. Copyright © 2011 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Source Title: Pediatrics
ISSN: 00314005
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2010-1353
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