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Männikkö, N., Ruotsalainen, H., Tolvanen, A. et al. Problematic Gaming Is Associated with Some Health-Related Behaviors Among Finnish Vocational School Students. Int J Ment Health Addiction (2019).

Problematic gaming is associated with some health-related behaviors among Finnish vocational school students

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Author: Männikkö, Niko1,2; Ruotsalainen, Heidi1,2; Tolvanen, Asko3;
Organizations: 1Department of Social Services and Rehabilitation, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Kiviharjuntie 4, 90220, Oulu, Finland
2Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Methodology Center for Human Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
4Oulu University Hospital, Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-02-27


The objective of this work was to examine the connections between problematic digital gaming and various health-related behavior characteristics in a population of vocational school students. Data collection was performed (N = 1335) via an online survey in vocational school units in northern Finland. The survey incorporated the Internet Gaming Disorder Test (IGD10) as well as self-reported measures including questions on socio-demographics, information on the living arrangements of participants, gaming habits, and health-related behaviors. Eighty-four percent (n = 773) of the respondents (an average age of 17.5 years [SD = 4.4]) played digital games regularly. Male gender, daily game use, having no close friends, self-perceived underweight status and monthly drug use were all significantly and positively associated with problematic gaming scores. Engagement in digital game playing was especially associated with participants who lived with a friend or friends or in a blended family structure engagement. These findings have implications for counselors and researchers working on the health-related behaviors of vocational school students.

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Series: International journal of mental health and addiction
ISSN: 1557-1874
ISSN-E: 1557-1882
ISSN-L: 1557-1874
Volume: In press
DOI: 10.1007/s11469-019-00100-6
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
3141 Health care science
Funding: Open access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital.
Copyright information: © The Author(s) 2019. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.