Title

Playing Fortnite for a Fortnight? Partner Perceptions of Video Game Use and Its Association with Relationship Satisfaction and Attachment

Date of Award

1-1-2019

Degree Name

M.A. in Clinical Psychology

Department

Department of Psychology

Advisor/Chair

Advisor: Lee Dixon

Abstract

Previous research suggests video game use may be detrimental to individuals in many facets of their lives (American Psychiatric Association, 2013; Starcevic, 2013; Kim, Namkoong, Ku, & Kim, 2008; Young, 1999). One such facet is an individual's romantic relationship. However, most research conducted on video game use has compared its effects to gambling addiction or alcohol addiction. This study investigates the partner of those who engage in video game use, specifically how their attachment and sensitivity to rejection may influence how they perceive their partner's engagement in video games, as well as their satisfaction in the relationship. Moderation analyses suggested that attachment and rejection sensitivity do not influence the relationship between an individual's perception of their partner's video game use and their relationship satisfaction.

Keywords

Psychology, video game use, relationship satisfaction, partner perception, rejection sensitivity, attachment

Rights Statement

Copyright 2019, author

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