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Problematic gaming behaviour and health-related outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis


Mannikko, N and Ruotsalainen, H and Miettunen, J and Pontes, HM and Kaarianen, M, Problematic gaming behaviour and health-related outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of Health Psychology, 25, (1) pp. 67-81. ISSN 1359-1053 (2017) [Substantial Review]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1359105317740414


This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to investigate the interplay between problematic gaming behaviour and health-related outcomes at different developmental stages. A total of 50 empirical studies met the specified inclusion criteria, and a meta-analysis using correlation coefficients was used for the studies that reported adverse health implications regarding the impact of problematic gaming behaviour on depression, anxiety, obsessive–compulsive disorder and somatisation. Overall, the results suggested that problematic gaming behaviour is significantly associated with a wide range of detrimental health-related outcomes. Finally, the limitations of this review alongside its implications were discussed and considered for future research.

Item Details

Item Type:Substantial Review
Keywords:health, Internet gaming disorder, problematic gaming
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pontes, HM (Dr Halley de Oliveira Miguel Pontes)
ID Code:132473
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:61
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2020-02-04

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