A new study from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, is the first to examine the relationship between daily violent video game exposure and depression.
The study looked at fifth-grade students and found that those who played violent video games for two or more hours a day had many more depressive symptoms than those who did not. Depression is a serious issue, especially for adolescents.
“This association between violent video games and depression was consistent across all ethnic groups,” said Susan Tortolero, Ph.D., who is also a professor in the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Public Health.
The study, titled “Daily Violent Video Game Playing And Depression In Preadolescent Youth” received support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is available online and in the journal’s print publication on September 10, 2014.