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Examining the Relationship between Social Gaming, Social Anxiety and Social Functioning

Doyle, Anthony (2020) Examining the Relationship between Social Gaming, Social Anxiety and Social Functioning. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Introduction: This research study aims to examine the relationship between active social gaming and social anxiety and additionally, social functioning, to investigate if social gaming has positive effects on outcomes.
Methods: A sample population of active social gamers (N = 88; Males = 56; 63.6%, Females = 32; 36.4%) was obtained online through non-probability convenience and snowball sampling. Participants completed the 39-item Competitive and Cooperative Presence in Gaming Questionnaire (CCPIG; Hudson & Cairns, 2014), the 24-item Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS-SR; Liebowitz, 1987), the Social Functioning Questionnaire (SFQ; Tyrer et al., 2005) eight-item, and also self-reported demographics and gaming behaviours.
Results: Pearson’s Correlation and Multiple Linear Regression analyses indicated that that level of social gaming was not correlated with or a significant predictor of lower social anxiety symptoms or higher levels of social functioning.
Conclusion: Results also suggest that despite the lack of research studies showing promise for digital interventions for the treatment of social anxiety, there is further research required in this area to see if there is an effect between social anxiety symptoms and social gaming. Furthermore, preliminary correlations between social gaming and age have indicated that there may be an additional factor involved that may predict a stronger link between social gaming and social anxiety in different age groups. Implications and limitations of the study are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 13:10
Last Modified: 21 May 2021 13:11

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