Adolescents with Gaming Problems: The Singapore Counsellors' Perspective

Loh, A. B. H. and Ooi, Y. P. and Lim, C. G. and Fung, D. and Khoo, A.. (2016) Adolescents with Gaming Problems: The Singapore Counsellors' Perspective. International Journal of Psychology and Bevarioral Sciences, 6 (1). pp. 7-13.

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Internet use has become an important part of the lives of children and adolescents in modern Singapore, and in this era of online communities and connectivity, problem gaming is emerging as a significant morbidity amongst youth. Correspondingly, cyber wellness services have been established in schools as well as non-government organisations. However, counsellors involved in providing these services come from different backgrounds with varying levels of training and experience. In this study, we surveyed counsellors who work with youths on their perceptions of youth gaming problems, their expertise and identified needs, and the relationship between gaming problems and maladaptive coping and/or social disenfranchisement. The results of this study indicated that most counsellors viewed gaming problems as an outcome as well as a perpetuating cause of social dysfunction and inadequate coping skills, with optimal interventions targeting these two aspects, and as a result, express interest in further equipping of therapy skills to negotiate social supports for such at-risk youths. These were identified as potential areas of further training for counsellors involved in cyber wellness programmes.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie (Gaab)
UniBasel Contributors:Ooi, Yoon Phaik
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Scientific & Academic Publishing
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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