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1998 - Personalities of players of Dungeons & Dragons

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ROBERT CARTER, AND DAVID LESTER (1998, February). Personalities of players of Dungeons & Dragons. Psychological Reports, 82(1), 182. Gamers' tendency to suicide no different from rest of population. 1 page.

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-20 men who played Dungeons and Dragons did not differ in mean scores on depression, suicidal ideation, psychoticism, extraversion, or neuroticism from unselected undergraduates.

Previous research has shown that players of fantasy role-playing games are less empathic and more introverted than control groups (Douse & Mc-
Manus, 1993). To explore this further 20 men who played the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game (60% college students) were given the 48-
item Eysenck Personahty Inventory (Eysenck, Eysenck, & Barrett, 1965) and the 21-item Beck Depression Inventory (Beck, Ward, Mendelson, Mock, &
Erbaugh, 1961). Their scores were compared with those of control groups of male undergraduates enrolled in college courses.

For the Beck Depression Inventory, the 20 players' mean scores did not differ from those of 76 controls (Mag,=23.7 and 21.9, SDs =5.43 and 2.88)
on the Beck Depression Lnventory (Ms=6.70 and 6.15, SDs=4.59 and 7.36;t = 0.32) or for current suicidal ideation on Item 9 (Ms = 0.35 and 0.18, SDs =
0.49 and 0.39; t = 1.63).

On the Eysenck scales, the 20 players' mean scores did not differ from those of 21 controls (Mag,=23.8 and 20.5, SDs =5.4 and l.6), on Psychoticism (Ms =3.80 and 3.05, SDs= 1.67 and 1.53; t = 1.501, Extraversion (Ms =6.90 and 8.62, SDs=2.65 and 3.48; t = 1.77). Neuroticism (Ms=3.65 and 4.76, SDs=2.16 and 3.79; t=1.15), or Lie (Ms=3.95 and 3.14, SDs=2.46 and 2.67; t = 1.01). Thus, scores of Dungeon and Dragons players on personality scales appeared to resemble those of the unselected undergraduates in the present study.


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Accepted December 26, 1997 'Address enquiries to David Lester, Center for the Study of Suicide, RR41, 5 Stonegate Court, Blackwood, NJ 08012-5356.

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