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      Disentangling the effects of empathy components on Internet gaming disorder: A study of vulnerable youth in China

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          Abstract

          Background and aims

          Previous research shows that empathy can be one of the potential protective factors for Internet gaming disorder (IGD), yet the complex relationships between multidimensional factors of empathy and IGD remain understudied. Thus, a major question moving forward is to resolve the mixed empirical data by examining the specific contributions of empathy components. In this study, we disentangle the effects of cognitive component (i.e., perspective taking) and affective component (i.e., empathic concern and personal distress) on IGD symptoms and propose affect-oriented mediation pathways between them.

          Methods

          We surveyed a large sample ( N = 3,348) of Chinese vocational school students, one of the most vulnerable groups to online gaming addiction.

          Results

          Our structural equation modeling results revealed that only personal distress, but not empathic concern or perspective taking, positively predicted IGD symptoms. However, empathic concern and personal distress were negatively and positively predicted gaming motive of escape from reality, respectively, which in turn predicted IGD symptoms. Furthermore, we found an indirect effect of perspective taking on IGD through empathic concern and then gaming motive of escape from reality.

          Discussion and conclusion

          The findings underscore the importance of separating the affective and cognitive components to understand the complex relationships between the empathy and IGD, and support our theorizing of the affect-oriented mediation mechanism.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                J Behav Addict
                J Behav Addict
                jba
                JBA
                Journal of Behavioral Addictions
                Akadémiai Kiadó (Budapest )
                2062-5871
                2063-5303
                28 March 2019
                March 2019
                : 8
                : 1
                : 181-189
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong , Hong Kong SAR, China
                [2 ]Department of Psychology, University of Macau , Macao SAR, China
                Author notes
                [* ]Corresponding author: Dr. Bryant P. H. Hui; Research Assistant Professor; Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong, 9/F, Jockey Club Tower, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong SAR, China; Phone: +852 3917 2050; Fax: +852 2857 4074; E-mail: bryant09@ 123456hku.hk
                Article
                10.1556/2006.8.2019.12
                7044596
                30920294
                © 2019 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated.

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                Figures: 1, Tables: 2, Equations: 0, References: 64, Pages: 9
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                Funding
                Funding sources: This research was supported by the CRF, Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (C5010-15G).
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                youth, empathy, escape from reality, gaming addiction, igd

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