Video Gaming & Violence Prevention: CDC Study Findings

Mar 13, 2023

10:00am – 11:00am CT

Recording: Video Gaming & Violence Prevention: CDC Study Findings, Mar 13, 2023

There is limited understanding of norms, relationships, and interactions within gaming communities, and how these may protect or increase risk for violence. Through secondary analysis of 2021 Spring ConsumerStyles (N=6,390) online panel survey data, we found that US adults who play video games and self-identify as “gamers” provide greater reports of connectedness, bonding, socialization, and upstanding behaviors. Yet, they also have greater reports of cyberbullying victimization and perpetration compared with those who do not self-identify as “gamers” (19.4% v 3.7%; 7.9% v 3.2%; p<0.05). Opportunities to leverage online gaming communities for violence prevention remains untapped. Novel violence prevention approaches could consider differences across types of video game players are needed.

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Melissa Mercado

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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