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Adolescent gaming and parent–child emotional closeness: bivariate relationships in a longitudinal perspective
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. Department of Behavioral SDepartment of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg (SWE) ;Department of Psychology, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer (NOR). (FBU)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9285-258X
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. (FBU)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7881-5670
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Lund (SWE); Region Skåne, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Regional Outpatient Care, Lund University Hospital, Lund (SWE).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6832-2482
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm (SWE). (FBU)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2998-7289
2024 (English)In: Current Psychology, ISSN 1046-1310, E-ISSN 1936-4733Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to add knowledge of the longitudinal associations between gaming and emotional closeness between parents and their children. We hypothesized that parent–child emotional closeness was linked to less gaming activity over time and that more gaming activity was linked to less parent–child emotional closeness over time. We also tested the moderating efect of child gender on these anticipated links. This study involved a sample of Swedish adolescents, spanning the developmental years from age 12.5 to 17, and included data from two time points (T1; year 2013 and T2; years 2017/2018) with N=782 participants (T1 Mage=12.10, SD=0.40; 49.6% girls). Utilizing a series of Cross-Lagged Panel Models, we found that emotional closeness to both mother and father predicted less time spent on gaming over time. More time spent on gaming predicted less emotional closeness to mother over time. Additionally, gaming activity among girls was specifcally related to less emotional closeness to their father over time. Strengthening parent–child relationships and emotional bonds may be crucial in safeguarding adolescents from developing habits of excessive gaming that could potentially pose problems for their psychosocial development.

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2024.
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Adolescents · Gaming, Parent–child emotional closeness, Bivariate relationships, Longitudinal design
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Applied Psychology
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Child and Youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21395DOI: 10.1007/s12144-024-05714-1ISI: 001174867100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85186458879OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-21395DiVA, id: diva2:1844102
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2021-01696
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