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When the Relationship Is at Stake: Parents' Perception of the Relationship with a Child with Problematic Gaming and Their Perceived Need for Support
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Skåne University Hospital, 22185 Lund, Sweden; Department of Clinical Sciences Lund, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, 22100 Lund, Sweden.
Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, 11418 Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Behavioral Studies, University West, 46132 Trollhättan, Sweden.
Department of Behavioral Studies, University West, 46132 Trollhättan, Sweden.
Department of Behavioral Studies, University West, 46132 Trollhättan, Sweden.
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2024 (English)In: Healthcare, E-ISSN 2227-9032, Vol. 12, no 8, article id 851Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Intrapersonal parental factors play a significant role in the development of problematic gaming in children. However, few studies have explored parental perspectives on their relationship with a child engaged in problematic gaming, as well as the need for support parents perceive in relation to the child's gaming. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 12 parents (83.3% women) of 11 children (81.8% boys, Mage = 15 ± 2) to examine how parents of children with problematic gaming behavior perceive the parent-child relationship and their need for additional support. We analyzed qualitative accounts using thematic analysis to identify themes and subthemes while drawing on the theoretical frameworks of Aaron Antonovsky's theory of sense of coherence (SOC) and Jürgen Habermas' theory of logic. Participants described difficulties regarding all three components of SOC (meaningfulness, comprehensibility, and manageability) in relation to their child's gaming, with the most significant challenge being manageability. Parents primarily sought assistance from institutions and organizations, such as mental health services, to enhance manageability. The findings emphasize parents' need for relational and practical support tailored to their unique context, as well as their wish to be more involved in the treatment of their children.

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MDPI, 2024. Vol. 12, no 8, article id 851
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Addiction, gaming disorder, parenting needs, parent–child relationship, problematic gaming
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-113411DOI: 10.3390/healthcare12080851ISI: 001221392900001PubMedID: 38667613Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85191298391OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-113411DiVA, id: diva2:1854859
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Swedish Research CouncilForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2021-01696Available from: 2024-04-29 Created: 2024-04-29 Last updated: 2024-05-24Bibliographically approved

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