Pathological Preoccupation with Video Games

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Controversy continues concerning the harmfulness of video game use by children. The author encountered clearly pathological preoccupation with video games in a preadolescent. The child had stolen, forged checks, and skipped school to continue using video games. He and his mother were physically abused by his father. Placement of the child in a residential treatment center with marital and family therapy resulted in resolution of the patient's pathological use of video games.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-50
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • child abuse
  • pathological gambling
  • video games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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