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Purpose:
To compare the video and computer game play patterns of young adolescent boys and

girls, including factors correlated with playing violent games.
Methods:
Data collected in November/December, 2004 from children in grades 7 and 8 at two
demographically diverse schools in Pennsylvania and South Carolina, using a detailed written
self-reported survey.
 

 

Results:
Of 1254 participants (53% female, 47% male), only 80 reported playing no electronic
games in the previous 6 months. Of 1126 children who listed frequently played game titles, almost
half (48.8%) played at least one violent (mature-rated) game regularly (67.9% of boys and 29.2%
of girls). One third of boys and 10.7% of girls play games nearly every day; only 1 in 20 plays often
or always with a parent. Playing M-rated games is positively correlated  with being male,frequent game play, in one’s bedroom, and using games to manage anger.
Conclusions:
Most young adolescent boys and many girls routinely play M-rated games. Impli-
cations for identifying atypical and potentially harmful patterns of electronic game use are dis-
cussed, as well as the need for greater media literacy among parents. © 2007 Society for Adolescent
Medicine. All rights reserved.

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