Title: Violent Video Games and Delinquent Behavior in Adolescents: a Risk Factor Perspective
Authors: Exelmans, Liese ×
Custers, Kathleen
Van den Bulck, Jan #
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: A.R. Liss
Series Title: Aggressive Behavior vol:41 issue:3 pages:267-279
Abstract: Over the years, criminological research has identified a number of risk factors that contribute to the development of aggressive and delinquent behavior. Although studies have identified media violence in general and violent video gaming in particular as significant predictors of aggressive behavior, exposure to violent video games has been largely omitted from the risk factor literature on delinquent behavior. This cross-sectional study therefore investigates the relationship between violent video game play and adolescents’ delinquent behavior using a risk factor approach. An online survey was completed by 3372 Flemish adolescents, aged 12 to 18 years old. Data were analyzed by means of negative binomial regression modelling. Results indicated a significant contribution of violent video games in delinquent behavior over and beyond multiple known risk variables (peer delinquency, sensation seeking, prior victimization, alienation). Moreover, the final model that incorporated the gaming genres proved to be significantly better than the model without the gaming genres. Results provided support for a cumulative and multiplicative risk model for delinquent behavior.
ISSN: 0096-140X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Leuven School for Mass Communication Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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