Comparison of Anger Expression Style and Cognitive Characteristics among Male adolescent game users depending on the level of Game Addiction and Engagement

게임중독 및 관여 수준에 따른 남자 청소년 게임사용집단의 분노표현양상과 인지적 특성 비교

  • 임지영 (호서대학교 산업심리학과)
  • Received : 2017.08.17
  • Accepted : 2017.10.20
  • Published : 2017.10.28


This study was conducted to examine the differences of anger expression style and cognitive characteristics among adolescents depending on the level of game addiction and game engagement. 420 high school boys were administered the Game Addiction/Engagement Scale, Behavioral Anger Response Questionnaire to measure anger expression style, and Irrational Belief Scale to measure cognitive characteristics. The results of correlation analyses showed that addiction had positive correlations with all the irrational belief factors and behavior anger factors except for assertion and avoidance. Engagement was positively correlated with all the variables except for direct anger-out, avoidance, and self-downing. Participants were divided into three groups depending on the level of addiction and engagement. Addiction high risk-low engagement group showed the lowest scores on support-seeking and the highest scores on diffusion and self-downing. Addiction high risk-high engagement group showed the highest scores on direct anger-out. Based on these findings, it was suggested that counselling strategies for adolescents at high risk of game addiction need to be varied depending on the level of game engagement.


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