Volume 1(1), 2005-04, 5—22

The next level of research on electronic play: Potential benefits and contextual influences for children and adolescents

Dorothy E. Salonius-Pasternak
Harvard Medical School
Center for Mental Health and Media
USA

Holly S. Gelfond
Harvard Medical School
Center for Mental Health and Media
USA

Most research on electronic play has focused on its possible negative effects for children and adolescents, and contextual factors such as socioeconomic status (SES) and culture are rarely considered. This article considers the potential benefits of electronic play from a psychological perspective, as well as individual and contextual factors that may shape the influence of electronic play for children and adolescents. Demographics of players and the games themselves are presented, and recommendations for research and policy are discussed.

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