Pathological preoccupation with video games

J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1990 Jan;29(1):49-50. doi: 10.1097/00004583-199001000-00009.


Controversy continues concerning the harmfulness of video game use by children. The author encountered clearly pathological preoccupation with video games in a preadolescent. The child had stolen, forged checks, and skipped school to continue using video games. He and his mother were physically abused by his father. Placement of the child in a residential treatment center with martial and family therapy resulted in resolution of the patient's pathological use of video games.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse / psychology
  • Family Therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marital Therapy
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Theft / psychology*