-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Finally some good news for
families about gaming: girls who play video games with their
parents behave better, have stronger mental health and feel more
connected to their families, according to a new study.
Researchers at Brigham Young University's School of Family Life
looked at 287 families with a child aged 11 to 16. They found that
the most popular video games among girls were Mario Kart, Mario
Brothers, Wii Sports, Rock Band and Guitar Hero. Meanwhile, the
most popular games among boys were Call of Duty, Wii Sports and
Girls didn't play video games as often as boys did, but both
boys and girls spent about the same amount of time playing video
games with their parents, the study found.
While gaming with their parents had little influence on
behavior, aggression, family connection or mental health among the
boys, the investigators found that among girls, the activity
accounted for as much as 20 percent of the variation in these
The positive effects in girls were strongest when they played
age-appropriate video games. And, the researchers pointed out that
fathers were much more likely than mothers to play video games with
"We're guessing it's a daddy-daughter thing, because not a lot of moms said yes when we asked them if they played video games," study co-author Laura Padilla-Walker said in a university news release. "Co-playing is probably an indicator of larger levels of involvement."
But you don't have to play video games to create a good
child-parent connection, the researchers advised.
"Any face-to-face time you have with your child can be a positive thing, especially if the activity is something the child is interested in," Padilla-Walker explained.
The findings are published in the Feb. 1 issue of the
Journal of Adolescent Health.
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