The development of the Problematic Online Gaming Questionnaire

Demetrovics, Zsolt and Urbán, Róbert and Nagygyörgy, Katalin and Farkas, Judit and Griffiths, Mark D. and Pápay, Orsolya and Kökönyei, Gyöngyi and Felvinczi, Katalin and Oláh, Attila (2012) The development of the Problematic Online Gaming Questionnaire. PLOS ONE. e36417. ISSN 1932-6203


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Background: Online gaming has become increasingly popular. However, this has led to concerns that these games might induce serious problems and/or lead to dependence for a minority of players. Aim: The aim of this study was to uncover and operationalize the components of problematic online gaming. Methods: A total of 3415 gamers (90% males; mean age 21 years), were recruited through online gaming websites. A combined method of exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was applied. Latent profile analysis was applied to identify persons at-risk. Results: EFA revealed a six-factor structure in the background of problematic online gaming that was also confirmed by a CFA. For the assessment of the identified six dimensions – preoccupation, overuse, immersion, social isolation, interpersonal conflicts, and withdrawal – the 18-item Problematic Online Gaming Questionnaire (POGQ) proved to be exceedingly suitable. Based on the latent profile analysis, 3.4% of the gamer population was considered to be at high risk, while another 15.2% was moderately problematic. Conclusions: The POGQ seems to be an adequate measurement tool for the differentiated assessment of gaming related problems on six subscales.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan
Depositing User: Dr. Zsolt Demetrovics
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 12:39
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2023 11:08

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