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Article: Disentangling the effects of empathy components on Internet gaming disorder: A study of vulnerable youth in China

TitleDisentangling the effects of empathy components on Internet gaming disorder: A study of vulnerable youth in China
Authors
Keywordsempathy
escape from reality
gaming addiction
IGD
youth
Issue Date2019
PublisherAkadémiai Kiadó: Open Access Journal. The Journal's web site is located at http://akademiai.com/loi/2006
Citation
Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 2019, v. 8 n. 1, p. 181-189 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground and aims: Previous research shows that empathy can be one of the potential protective factors for Internet gaming disorder (IGD), yet the complex relationships between multidimensional factors of empathy and IGD remain understudied. Thus, a major question moving forward is to resolve the mixed empirical data by examining the specific contributions of empathy components. In this study, we disentangle the effects of cognitive component (i.e., perspective taking) and affective component (i.e., empathic concern and personal distress) on IGD symptoms and propose affect-oriented mediation pathways between them. Methods: We surveyed a large sample (N = 3,348) of Chinese vocational school students, one of the most vulnerable groups to online gaming addiction. Results: Our structural equation modeling results revealed that only personal distress, but not empathic concern or perspective taking, positively predicted IGD symptoms. However, empathic concern and personal distress were negatively and positively predicted gaming motive of escape from reality, respectively, which in turn predicted IGD symptoms. Furthermore, we found an indirect effect of perspective taking on IGD through empathic concern and then gaming motive of escape from reality. Discussion and conclusion: The findings underscore the importance of separating the affective and cognitive components to understand the complex relationships between the empathy and IGD, and support our theorizing of the affect-oriented mediation mechanism.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/278273
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 3.628
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.933

 

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dc.contributor.authorHui, BPH-
dc.contributor.authorWu, AMS-
dc.contributor.authorPun, N-
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-04T08:10:50Z-
dc.date.available2019-10-04T08:10:50Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Behavioral Addictions, 2019, v. 8 n. 1, p. 181-189-
dc.identifier.issn2062-5871-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/278273-
dc.description.abstractBackground and aims: Previous research shows that empathy can be one of the potential protective factors for Internet gaming disorder (IGD), yet the complex relationships between multidimensional factors of empathy and IGD remain understudied. Thus, a major question moving forward is to resolve the mixed empirical data by examining the specific contributions of empathy components. In this study, we disentangle the effects of cognitive component (i.e., perspective taking) and affective component (i.e., empathic concern and personal distress) on IGD symptoms and propose affect-oriented mediation pathways between them. Methods: We surveyed a large sample (N = 3,348) of Chinese vocational school students, one of the most vulnerable groups to online gaming addiction. Results: Our structural equation modeling results revealed that only personal distress, but not empathic concern or perspective taking, positively predicted IGD symptoms. However, empathic concern and personal distress were negatively and positively predicted gaming motive of escape from reality, respectively, which in turn predicted IGD symptoms. Furthermore, we found an indirect effect of perspective taking on IGD through empathic concern and then gaming motive of escape from reality. Discussion and conclusion: The findings underscore the importance of separating the affective and cognitive components to understand the complex relationships between the empathy and IGD, and support our theorizing of the affect-oriented mediation mechanism.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherAkadémiai Kiadó: Open Access Journal. The Journal's web site is located at http://akademiai.com/loi/2006-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Behavioral Addictions-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subjectempathy-
dc.subjectescape from reality-
dc.subjectgaming addiction-
dc.subjectIGD-
dc.subjectyouth-
dc.titleDisentangling the effects of empathy components on Internet gaming disorder: A study of vulnerable youth in China-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailHui, BPH: bryant09@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailPun, N: npun@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityHui, BPH=rp02495-
dc.identifier.authorityPun, N=rp02260-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1556/2006.8.2019.12-
dc.identifier.pmid30920294-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85064331216-
dc.identifier.hkuros306924-
dc.identifier.volume8-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage181-
dc.identifier.epage189-
dc.publisher.placeHungary-

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