How does parents' psychological distress relate to adolescents' problematic gaming? The roles of parent-adolescent relationship and adolescents' emotion regulation

Li LIN, Ruyi DING*, Shiguang NI*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background and Aims
Emerging research has identified parents' psychological distress as a potential risk factor that increases adolescents' vulnerability to problematic gaming. This study attempted to address “why” from a relational perspective. We hypothesized that parents' psychological distress may link to adolescents' problematic gaming through the mediation of parent-child relationship quality, while the mediating effects of parent-child relationship quality may vary depending on adolescents' emotion regulation.

Methods
We collected data from 4,835 parent-child dyads in China (parental age = 41.45 ± 4.53 years; adolescent age = 13.50 ± 1.00 years). Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) was utilized to analyze the relationships among the variables under study.

Results
Parent-reported parental depression/anxiety was related to worse adolescent-reported parent-child relationship, which in turn related to more severe adolescent-reported problematic gaming. Moreover, the mediating effects of parent-child relationship quality were weaker when adolescents used more expressive suppression (but not cognitive reappraisal).

Discussion and Conclusions
The findings of this study highlight the need to consider both parent-child relationships and adolescents' active role in their own emotion regulation in order to understand parental influence on adolescent problematic gaming.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)953-963
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Behavioral Addictions
Volume12
Issue number4
Early online date30 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2023

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Keywords

  • problematic gaming
  • parental depression
  • parental anxiety
  • emotion regulation
  • Chinese adolescents
  • Parental depression
  • Parental anxiety
  • Problematic gaming
  • Emotion regulation

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