Turkish Archives of Pediatrics
Original Article

The Psychosocial Well-Being of Young Video-Gamer Children: A Comparison Study


Mersin University Faculty of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Mersin, Turkey


Dr. Sami Ulus Training and Research Hospital Department of Pediatrics, Ankara, Turkey


Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Department of Social Pediatrics, Ankara, Turkey

Turk Arch Pediatr 2022; 57: 459-466
DOI: 10.5152/TurkArchPediatr.2022.21359
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Objective: In recent years, young children from all socioeconomic conditions found an oppor- tunity to own or access video game devices. The precisely defined effects of video gaming on young children’s behaviors and mental health are unknown. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the psychosocial well-being and video gaming in preschool children.

Materials and Methods: The video gamer (n = 70) and non-gamer (n = 140) children between 2 and 6 years old and their mothers were included in the study. Psychosocial well-being was assessed using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire parent version. Multivariable logis- tic regressions were used.

Results: 30% of the video gamers played video games for more than 1 hour per day. Factors associated with video gaming included sex, birth order, age of first screen exposure, daily screen time, and parent(s) video gaming. Being a boy, having a daily screen time of more than 1 hour and parent(s) video gaming increased the probability of video gaming [Odds (95% CI) = 3.00 (1.42-6.31), P = .004; 6.28 (2.86-13.80), P < .001; 6.49 (2.77-15.23), P < .001, respec- tively]. Not being the first child and having an age of first screen exposure older than 12 months old decreased the probability of video gaming [Odds (95% CI) = 0.29 (0.11-0.76), P = .012; 0.34 (0.13-0.89), P = .027, respectively]. Video gamers and non-gamers had statistically similar Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire scores. There was no association between video gam- ing and being borderline or abnormal in emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactiv ity/inattention, peer relationship problems, prosocial behavior, and total difficulties.

Conclusion: This study investigating the relationship between psychosocial well-being and video gaming revealed that video gaming is not associated with psychosocial well-being in preschool age.

Cite this article as: Tezol Ö, Yıldız D, Yalçın SS. The psychosocial well-being of young video-gamer children: A comparison study. Turk Arch Pediatr. 2022;57(4):459-466.

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