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När verkligheten sätts ur spel: En kvalitativ studie om profesionella socialarbetares förhållningssätt till problematiskt datorspelande som ett beroende
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

This study examines how professional social workers relate to problematic computer and video gaming as an addiction. It is a qualitative interview study aimed to describe and analyze how professional social workers, who in some way work with problematic computer gaming, relate to the player’s problems in terms of a concept of dependency. The theoretical approach is based on social constructivist theories of discourses, normality, the definition of dependency and diagnoses. The study was conducted through five qualitative half structured definition interviews with professional social workers that work directly or comes in contact with problematic computer gaming. The results portray a consistent, yet fragmented understanding of the problem. Daily life is described as "reality" and the problematic computer gaming as "escapism". The player can’t meet the normative requirements of its surroundings and is classified as addicted. The informants describe similar problems related to computer gaming, but have different ideas on how the problems arise. The study concludes that professionals specifically describing problematic gaming as an addiction explain their clients in terminology comparable to substance abuse. Those who don’t relate to the concept of dependence as firmly describe the problematic gaming as more of a consequence of the interaction between the player and its surroundings.

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Keyword [en]
dependency, addiction, computer gaming, video gaming, MMORPG, World of Warcraft, social constructivism, diagnoses, social work, social worker, social problems
Keyword [sv]
beroende, datorspel, dataspel, tv-spel, MMORPG, World of warcraft, socialkonstruktivism, diagnos, socialt arbete, socialarbetare, sociala problem, datorspelsberoende, dataspelsberoende
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-54498OAI: diva2:394784
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-02-07 Created: 2011-02-03 Last updated: 2011-02-08Bibliographically approved

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