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Psychiatrist Examines Effects of Video Game Play on Children
Date:1/7/2009

is both a psychiatrist and a long-timer gamer - and it's this background that enables him to provide parents with a unique perspective on video game issues. This perspective also serves as a foundation for some of the most cohesive solutions offered today.

While discussing the various game genres in an engaging and parent-friendly manner, Dr. Dini shines the spotlight on many topics ranging from; improved learning and communications skills, emotional and mental health, aggression, motivational and withdrawal issues.

Of particular interest to parents will be Dr. Dini's discussion on the topic of video game addiction. Though pundits and talk show hosts have been quick to categorize extended periods of game play as 'dangerously addictive', the American Medical Association (AMA) is reluctant to define video game addiction as a mental illness. Earlier this year they concluded that more time was needed for study and research of the topic before making a determination on a problem that affects a mere 10 percent of all gamers. Nonetheless, 'problematic' game play is covered here in great detail as Dr. Dini provides a comprehensive review of the warning signs, causes and consequences of such behavior. "To be sure, there are those who play problematically. Learning how to tell the difference can be critical toward promoting healthy development."

The book further demystifies and explains the video game industry's voluntary Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings, making it easier for more age appropriate and assured game rentals and purchases.

Intended for primarily for parents, media writers, legislators and medical professionals, Video Game Play and Addiction will also benefit gamers and others interested in learning more about keeping game play responsible, safe, stimulating and fun.

Video Game Play and Addiction: A Guide for Parents is available through iUniverse.com, Amazon.com, and

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