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Research Article, J Addict Behav Ther Rehabil Vol: 3 Issue: 4

Establishing the Behavioral Function of Video Game Use: Development of the Video Game Functional Assessment

Matthew E Sprong1*, Frank D. Buono2, James Bordieri2, Nick Mui2, and Thomas D. Upton2
1Montana State University, Billings, MT, USA
2Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA
Corresponding author : Matthew E Sprong, PhD
Montana State University – Billings, MT, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received July 02, 2014 Accepted September 25, 2014 Published September 29, 2014
Citation: Sprong ME, Buono FD, Bordieri J, Mui N, Upton TD (2014) Establishing the Behavioral Function of Video Game Use: Development of the Video Game Functional Assessment. J Addict Behav Ther Rehabil 3:4. doi:10.4172/2324-9005.1000130

Abstract

Establishing the Behavioral Function of Video Game Use: Development of the Video Game Functional Assessment

A great deal of attention has been focused on individuals who play video and computer games despite physical and psychological consequences. Unfortunately, instruments that have been developed to determine problematic gaming have not completely measured the behavioral component of video game addiction. Identifying the behavioral functions of video game play would allow for the development of behavioral interventions specifically targeted at reducing or replacing those functions. A behavioral perspective may provide valuable information as to why gamers continue to play video games despite encountering difficulties in other areas of their lives as a result of their video gaming habits. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the four reinforcing functions that maintain video game play and develop an instrument to measure these functions. Results supported a three-factor measurement model associated with the functions that maintain continued video game play, including (a) escape, (b) tangible, and (c) attention. Discussion and implications are provided.

Keywords: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,Behavioral Addiction,Behavioral Addiction,Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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