Impact of the Family Environment on Juvenile Mental Health: eSports Online Game Addiction and Delinquency (2018)

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Dec 13;15(12). pii: E2850. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15122850.

Choi C1, Hums MA2, Bum CH3.


Family types in Asian countries are rapidly changing as the society is changing. Thus, in this study, we analyzed and compared how the newly evolving family types (multicultural/dual-income) affect adolescents’ online game addiction, delinquency, and online gaming (eSports) participation motivation. Multiple regression analysis was performed to examine the causal relationships between the variables, and multivariate analysis of variance and analysis of variance were performed for comparative analyses. The results indicate that adolescents from dual-income families scored significantly higher on all factors related to juvenile delinquency and addiction factors (“salience”, “tolerance” and “withdrawal”). Additionally, adolescents from multicultural families revealed significantly higher scores on an addiction factor, “mood modification”. Lastly, adolescents in dual-income families were motivated to play online games to pass the time, and adolescents in multicultural families play online games to engage in social interaction. Results of this study may provide the answers required to help address societal issues related to adolescents in a changing society.

KEYWORDS: eSports; family form; game addiction; juvenile delinquency; participation

PMID: 30551658

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15122850