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Impact of the Family Environment on Juvenile Mental Health: eSports Online Game Addiction and Delinquency

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Department of Golf Industry, College of Physical Education, Kyung Hee University, Seocheon-dong 1, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 17104, Korea
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Department of Health and Sport Science, University of Louisville, SAC East 104Q, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292, USA
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Department of Sports Taekwondo, Graduate School of Physical Education, Kyung Hee University, Seocheon-dong 1, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 17104, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(12), 2850; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15122850
Received: 24 October 2018 / Revised: 11 December 2018 / Accepted: 12 December 2018 / Published: 13 December 2018
Family types in Asian countries are rapidly changing as the society is changing. Thus, in this study, we analyzed and compared how the newly evolving family types (multicultural/dual-income) affect adolescents’ online game addiction, delinquency, and online gaming (eSports) participation motivation. Multiple regression analysis was performed to examine the causal relationships between the variables, and multivariate analysis of variance and analysis of variance were performed for comparative analyses. The results indicate that adolescents from dual-income families scored significantly higher on all factors related to juvenile delinquency and addiction factors (“salience”, “tolerance” and “withdrawal”). Additionally, adolescents from multicultural families revealed significantly higher scores on an addiction factor, “mood modification”. Lastly, adolescents in dual-income families were motivated to play online games to pass the time, and adolescents in multicultural families play online games to engage in social interaction. Results of this study may provide the answers required to help address societal issues related to adolescents in a changing society. View Full-Text
Keywords: eSports; family form; game addiction; juvenile delinquency; participation eSports; family form; game addiction; juvenile delinquency; participation
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Choi, C.; Hums, M.A.; Bum, C.-H. Impact of the Family Environment on Juvenile Mental Health: eSports Online Game Addiction and Delinquency. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2850.

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