Computer Game Socialisation in Families

Computer Game Socialisation in Families

In the context of the project, "Competencies in and Excessive Use among Gamers: Challenged, Supported, Endangered”, (Fritz, Lampert, Schmidt, Witting, 2011), this qualitative substudy has shown that many gameplayers have gone through phases of excessive playing in the course of their use of computer games. Accordingly, the question does arise as to how some gameplayers succeed in terminating a phase of excessive use, and why it is that others fail.

In this project, this question comes in for more precise investigation through an examination of where the differences in computer game socialisation lie and what is the role of families in all this. In addition, gender-specific differences receive particular emphasis.

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Project Description

This study is based on empirical data gathered in the context of the project run by the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia (LfM), "Competencies in and Excessive Use among Gamers: Challenged, Supported, Endangered” (2011), as well for the study, "Exzessive Computer- und Internetnutzung Jugendlicher im Zusammenhang mit dem (medien-) erzieherischen Handeln in deren Familien” [Excessive Use of Computers and the Internet by young People in connection with (media-) pedagogical Measures in their Families], until 2/2012, Project leader: Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kammerl, University of Hamburg. The qualitative interviews with young gameplayers are assessed through a secondary analysis devoted to computer game socialisation within families and the aspects specified above.

Project Information


Duration: 2011-2014

Research programme:
RP3 - Knowledge for the Media Society

Involved persons

Dr. Claudia Lampert

Third party

Landesanstalt für Medien Nordrhein-Westfalen (LfM)

Cooperation Partner

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kammerl, Dipl. Päd. Lena Hirschhäuser (Universität Hamburg)

Contact person

Dr. Claudia Lampert
Senior Researcher Media Socialisation & Health Communication

Dr. Claudia Lampert

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 - 92
Fax +49 (0)40 45 02 17 - 77




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