Gamer widow: the phenomenological experience of spouses of online video game addicts

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dc.contributor.committeeChair Shumway , Sterling en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Kimball , Thomas en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Morelock , C . Nichole en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember McGovern , Thomeas en_US Marriage and Family Therapy en_US Marriage and Family Therapy en_US Texas Tech University en_US Doctoral en_US Ph .D . en_US
dc.rights.availability unrestricted en_US
dc.creator Northrup , Jason C . en_US 2014 -02 -19T18 :44 :24Z 2011 -02 -18T23 :56 :57Z en_US 2014 -02 -19T18 :44 :24Z 2008 -12 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /20817 en_US
dc.description.abstract Recent studies have examined the concept of addiction to video games , particularly to the genre known as Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs ) . To date , however , none have examined the impact of this addiction on family members of video game addicts . The purpose of this study is to describe the lived experiences of the spouses of online video game addicts . This study uses a phenomenological methodology as described by Moustakas (1994 ) . Data were gathered via a qualitative online survey solicited to members of three different online forums that cater to “gamer widows .” Data suggested three categories that described participants’ experiences of being married to an online video game addict : Changes in My Husband , Changes in Me , and Changes in the Marital Relationship . Among these categories , 12 themes emerged , including Isolation…Except His Gamer Friends , Protecting His Gaming , To Get Back to His Game , Personal Consequences , Emotional Consequences , Concept of Addiction , Aversion to MMORPGs , Ignoring the Addict , Our Roles and Responsibilities , More Distance Between Us , Financial Losses , and Why I Stay . In addition , 37 subthemes were identified . The study concludes by discussing the essence of the phenomenon , as well as implications for mental health professionals who might encounter gaming addicts and their spouses in their practices . Recommendations are made for future studies as well . en_US
dc.language.iso en _US en_US
dc.publisher Texas Tech University en_US
dc.subject spouses en_US
dc.subject gamer widow en_US
dc.subject MMORPG en_US
dc.subject addiction en_US
dc.subject video game en_US
dc.title Gamer widow : the phenomenological experience of spouses of online video game addicts en_US
dc.type Electronic Dissertation en_US


Gamer widow: the phenomenological experience of spouses of online video game addicts. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /20817 .

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