Adolescent problematic gaming and domain-specific perceptions of self

Devin J. Mills, Jessica Mettler, Michael J. Sornberger, Nancy L. Heath

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Problematic video game use (PVGU) is an inability to meet personal and social responsibilities due to video gaming. It is estimated to affect 5 to 6% of adolescents. Research demonstrates greater video game engagement is associated with a poorer perception of self in several domains; however, the relation between PVGU and self-perception has not yet be examined. The present study explored this association using a sample of 758 Grade 7 adolescents (55.1% Female; Mage= 12.34 years; SD = 0.49 years). Results revealed greater PVGU to be associated with a poorer perception of self within the behavioural conduct and close friendship domains. Similar differences emerged when examining reports of self-perception across the PVGU classifications (i.e., None, Minimal, At-Risk, Problematic). Unexpectedly, two interactions between gender and PVGU classifications were observed for the behavioural conduct and self-worth domains of self-perception. The discussion addresses the implications of these findings and points to areas of future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-56
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • Adolescents
  • Domain-specific
  • Gaming
  • PVGU
  • Perceptions
  • Problematic video game use
  • Self


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