Research Directions in the Study of Gaming-Related Escapism: a Commentary to Melodia, Canale, and Griffiths (2020)

  title={Research Directions in the Study of Gaming-Related Escapism: a Commentary to Melodia, Canale, and Griffiths (2020)},
  author={Alessandro Giardina and Vladan Starcevic and Daniel L. King and Adriano Schimmenti and Maria Di Blasi and Jo{\"e}l Billieux},
  journal={International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction},
  pages={1 - 7}
Escapism motivations and related processes (e.g., avoidance, dissociation, relaxation, and emotion dysregulation) have been identified as risk factors for problematic gaming. However, the escapism construct has often been poorly conceptualized and operationalized in assessment instruments. In their systematic review, Melodia et al. (2020) proposed that conceptualizing escapism as an avoidant coping strategy could provide a sound basis for further study of problematic gaming. In this commentary… 
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