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Coping through Dungeon Crawls: Relationships between Dungeons & Dragons and Coping with anxieties and depression

O'Reilly, Kevin (2023) Coping through Dungeon Crawls: Relationships between Dungeons & Dragons and Coping with anxieties and depression. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Aims: The current study sought to investigate if there was a relationship between playing the table-top role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) and coping with anxieties and depression. The study applied three research questions to investigate this relationship, these being, is there a difference in scores of anxieties and depression between groups (RQ1), Is there a difference in coping scores between groups (RQ2) and finally Is there a relationship between coping styles and anxiety and depression (RQ3). Method: Participants (n = 115) took part in an online questionnaire which consisted of demographic questions on their age, gender and whether or not they played Dungeons & Dragons, which was followed by two scales, the Hospital Anxiety Depression scale (HADS), which consisted of questions regarding participants levels of anxiety and depression and the Brief-COPE, which consisted of questions regarding how participants Cope with stressful events in their life. Results: Results showed that there was a statistically significant difference in scores between players and non-players of D&D with players scoring lower on levels of anxiety but higher on levels of depression. Results also indicated that there was no statistically significant difference in coping styles between groups, and found that anxiety has a moderately positive correlation with avoidant & Emotion-focused coping, and that depression has a moderate positive correlation with avoidant-coping also. Conclusion: Findings provide a greater understanding of the possible benefits that playing D&D has on levels of anxiety, it also importantly found that there was no difference in coping styles between groups, and that playing Dungeons & Dragons does not necessarily lead to maladaptive coping, results also indicate that further research needs to be conducted on the effects of the Role-playing game on coping styles.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Nolan, Conor
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Games and Amusements
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 15:36
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 15:36

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