Comparison study among children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and video games (Bioulac et al., 2008)

I decided to post at least one abstract of a journal article per week that relates to video games, no matter how insignificant it might be. Of course, since I’m still an undergrad student, so I won’t have time to make my summary and comments. But anyone with access to the original article can contribute, just leave a comment if you intend to and we’ll talk.


Introduction This study describes and compares the behavior of hyperactive and control children playing video games.

Subjects and methods The sample consisted of 29 ADHD children and 21 controls aged between 6 and 16 years playing video games. We used the Child Behavior Checklist and the Problem Videogame Playing scale (PVP scale). This instrument gives objective measures of problem use, which can be considered as an indication of addictive videogame playing. We designed a questionnaire for the parents, eliciting qualitative information about their child’s videogame playing. There were no significant differences concerning frequency or duration of play between ADHD children and controls but differences were observed on the PVP scale. None of the controls scored above four whereas 10 hyperactive children answered affirmatively to five or more questions. These children presented a greater intensity of the disorder than the other ADHD children.

Conclusion While no differences concerning video game use were found, ADHD children exhibited more problems associated with videogame playing. It seems that a subgroup of ADHD children could be vulnerable to developing dependence upon video games.

Bioulac, S., Arfi, L., & Bouvard, M. P. (2008). Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and video games: A comparative study of hyperactive and control children. European Psychiatry, 23(2), 134-141.


2 thoughts on “Comparison study among children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and video games (Bioulac et al., 2008)

  1. My son is currently being tested for ADHD and similar conditions. It is a totally scary time for me and my family at the moment – it appears from what I am reading that the condition predisposes kids to addictive personality traits so I can only guess how “hooked” he or similar kids could become on these games.

  2. @ Rachel Mckenna

    I sympathize with your concerns, however it’s best to discuss your concerns about addiction and ADHD with the experts who know more about the research than I do.

    However, psychological research on video games are still few and limited and we should not take it as seriously as undeniable proof. The authors in the article mentioned other studies that suggested possible therapeutic qualities in video games.

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