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    A meta-analysis of health-related outcomes in problematic gaming behavior

    Männikkö, N. and Pontes, Halley and Ruotsalainen, H. and Miettunen, J. and Kääriäinen, M. A meta-analysis of health-related outcomes in problematic gaming behavior. In: 5th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions (ICBA2018), 23–25 Apr 2018, Cologne, Germany. (Unpublished)

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    Over the last decade, a large number of empirical studies have consistently shown the interrelations between problematic gaming behaviour (PGB) and a variety of detrimental health-related outcomes. Methods: This meta-analysis aimed to investigate the re-lationships between PGB and health-related outcomes among adolescents and young adults aged over 12 years old. Bibliographic searches were carried out using five scientific electronic databases (i.e., Scopus, Medline Ovid, PsycARTICLES, and CINAHL) in addition to a hand search to identify further studies published between January 2005 – June 2016. Results: A total of 2,203 studies were initially identified, and 18 were included in the meta-analysis. Random-effects models with correlation coefficients were used to quantify adverse health implications PGB and its relationship with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and somatization. The funnel plots with Egger Test were conducted to evaluate potential publication bias in the studies reviewed. Overall, it was found that PGB affects adolescents and young adults’ health. More specifically, PGB was associated with depression (r = 0.26), anxiety (r = 0.28), OCD (r = 0.40), and somatization (r = 0.40). The effect sizes across the outcomes investigated were heterogeneous. Conclusions: Future longitudinal studies are required to verify and identify additional health-related outcomes associated to PGB.


    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2021 13:36
    Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 16:18


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