Avoidance of the real and anxiety about the unreal: Attachment style and video-gaming

Coulson, Mark, Oskis, Andrea and Gould, Rebecca L. (2017) Avoidance of the real and anxiety about the unreal: Attachment style and video-gaming. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 18 (2). pp. 240-249. ISSN 1463-9491

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In this article, the authors discuss the light and dark side of attachments and attachment style in physical and digital worlds. They argue that many games offer opportunities for the generation of new and meaningful attachments to both physical and digital others. They discuss two ‘fundamental attachment errors’ and show how these can lead to both ‘light’ outcomes, in terms of opportunities to learn more secure attachment patterns, and ‘dark’ outcomes, where existing dysfunctional behaviours become more pronounced. The authors argue that the avatars which children adopt online have important consequences for their psychosocial development, and that these are mediated through the degree to which the real self is differentiated from the avatar. It is proposed that attachment is a key force in understanding play, and that studying its manifestations and effects in digital playscapes may contribute to understanding the effects of life online, and how insecure attachments may become secure.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2017, © The Author(s) 2017.
Uncontrolled Keywords: attachment,avatar,differentiation,digital play,digital worlds,education,developmental and educational psychology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3304
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2022 12:30
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 00:16
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/88986
DOI: 10.1177/1463949117714085

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