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17.05.2019 | Original Article Open Access

Problematic Gaming Is Associated with Some Health-Related Behaviors Among Finnish Vocational School Students

Zeitschrift:
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Autoren:
Niko Männikkö, Heidi Ruotsalainen, Asko Tolvanen, Maria Kääriäinen
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Abstract

The objective of this work was to examine the connections between problematic digital gaming and various health-related behavior characteristics in a population of vocational school students. Data collection was performed (N = 1335) via an online survey in vocational school units in northern Finland. The survey incorporated the Internet Gaming Disorder Test (IGD10) as well as self-reported measures including questions on socio-demographics, information on the living arrangements of participants, gaming habits, and health-related behaviors. Eighty-four percent (n = 773) of the respondents (an average age of 17.5 years [SD = 4.4]) played digital games regularly. Male gender, daily game use, having no close friends, self-perceived underweight status and monthly drug use were all significantly and positively associated with problematic gaming scores. Engagement in digital game playing was especially associated with participants who lived with a friend or friends or in a blended family structure engagement. These findings have implications for counselors and researchers working on the health-related behaviors of vocational school students.

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