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Currently accepted at: JMIR Mental Health

Date Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
Open Peer Review Period: Apr 23, 2018 - Jun 18, 2018
Date Accepted: Nov 10, 2018
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This paper has been accepted and is currently in production.

It will appear shortly on 10.2196/10784

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The final, peer-reviewed published version of this preprint can be found here:

Gender moderates the partial mediation of impulsivity in the relationship between psychiatric distress and problematic online gaming

Su W, Kiraly O, Demetrovics Z, Potenza MN

Gender moderates the partial mediation of impulsivity in the relationship between psychiatric distress and problematic online gaming

JMIR Ment Health 2019;6(3):e10784

DOI: 10.2196/10784

PMID: 30888322

PMCID: 6444217

Gender moderates the partial mediation of impulsivity in the relationship between psychiatric distress and problematic online gaming

  • Wenliang Su; 
  • Orsolya Kiraly; 
  • Zsolt Demetrovics; 
  • Marc N. Potenza

ABSTRACT

Background:

Research has shown that some individuals can develop problematic patterns of online gaming, leading to significant psychological and interpersonal problems. Psychiatric distress and impulsivity has been suggested to contribute to problematic online gaming (POG).

Objective:

The underlying mediating and/or moderating mechanism of impulsivity as well as gender differences in possible associations between psychiatric distress and POG are largely unknown, which guides this current study

Methods:

To address this gap, the current study examined relationships between self-reported impulsivity, psychiatric distress, and POG in a sample of matched Hungarian female and male online gamers (n=596, 50% males).

Results:

Results showed that psychiatric distress directly predicted POG, and impulsivity partially mediated the relationship between psychiatric distress and POG. However, this mediation effect was found only for the impatience subscale. Impulsivity did not moderate the relationship between psychiatric distress and POG. A moderating effect of gender was not found in the direct relationship between psychiatric distress and POG. However, a moderated mediation analysis revealed that impatience mediated the association between psychiatric distress and POG in males, whereas the indirect effect of impatience was not significant in females.

Conclusions:

Future implications are discussed in light of these results. Clinical Trial: N/a


 Citation

Please cite as:

Su W, Kiraly O, Demetrovics Z, Potenza MN

Gender moderates the partial mediation of impulsivity in the relationship between psychiatric distress and problematic online gaming

JMIR Mental Health. (forthcoming/in press)

DOI: 10.2196/10784

URL: https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/10784

PMID: 30888322

PMCID: 6444217

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