Impulsividade, personalidade e dependência de videojogos
: um estudo quantitativo sobre os determinantes do uso de videojogos

  • Luís Fernando Carvalho Vieira (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


A person’s addiction problems are often related to their personality and impulsiveness. In the literature, the link between video game addiction and a wide range of personality characteristics has been highlighted, with the theory emerging that each of these dimensions and characteristics, alone or, more often, in combination, can play a central role in acquisition, development and maintenance of this dependency. Studies on the relationship between impulsivity and video game addiction also suggest that specific facets of impulsivity may be linked to addiction. In this sense, it is important to develop more research on this topic, which can be critical in helping to understand whether the concept of video game addiction reflects a specific and consistent identity and, if so, what is the pattern (or patterns)of personality traits that can predispose to it. The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between video game addiction, personality and impulsivity, in a sample of 191 participants using instruments that measure the degree of video game addiction, the level of impulsivity and different personality traits. It was possible to confirm the correlation between aspects of impulsivity and personality traits with video game addiction, as well as differences between genders, thus corroborating with previous studies, with the results being applied to the portuguese population.
Date of Award27 Jan 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorPaulo César Dias (Supervisor)


  • Impulsivity
  • Personality
  • Video game addiction
  • Young adults


  • Mestrado em Psicologia Clínica e da Saúde

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