Research Directions in the Study of Gaming-Related Escapism: a Commentary to Melodia, Canale, and Griffiths (2020)

Alessandro Giardina, Vladan Starcevic, Daniel L. King, Adriano Schimmenti, Maria Di Blasi, Joël Billieux

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Abstract

Escapism motivations and related processes (e.g., avoidance, dissociation, relaxation, and emotion dysregulation) have been identified as risk factors for problematic gaming. However, the escapism construct has often been poorly conceptualized and operationalized in assessment instruments. In their systematic review, Melodia et al. (2020) proposed that conceptualizing escapism as an avoidant coping strategy could provide a sound basis for further study of problematic gaming. In this commentary, we critically examine some terminological and conceptual issues in relation to escapism to guide future research.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Escape
  • Escapism
  • Gaming disorder
  • Problematic gaming
  • Virtuality

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