The potential dangers of digital games for the development of game addiction among their players are discussed in media as well as in scientific research. Research so far has identified several potential risk factors among social settings, traits, and playing motives. The present study provides first insights into the perceptions of risk factors by (non-addicted) players (N = 28) and by counselors (N = 7). By conducting individual interviews with both groups we found that players especially named social settings as the most important influence on the development of problematic playing behaviour while counselors focused more on further existing psychological problems. We argue that the experience of both groups has to be taken into account to guide the development of prevention and intervention programs.

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Keywords Addiction, Digital games, Online gaming, Pathological gaming, Problematic gaming, Video games
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Series ERMeCC - Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture
Journal International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Kneer, J, Rieger, D, Ivory, J.D, & Ferguson, C. (2014). Awareness of Risk Factors for Digital Game Addiction: Interviewing Players and Counselors. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1–15. doi:10.1007/s11469-014-9489-y