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2007 - An exploratory study on the players of "Dungeons and Dragons"

by Hawke Robinson published Dec 31, 2007 07:00 PM, last modified Sep 17, 2015 06:59 AM
Wilson, David Louis, Ph.D., INSTITUTE OF TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY, 2007, 51 pages; 3275681

Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to examine what personality types were attracted to Dungeons and Dragons as well as the influence of the game on the psychological and spiritual traits of its players. Fifty participants completed an assessment packet that included the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Spiritual Perspective Scale (SPS), the D & D questionnaire (DDQ), and a demographics questionnaire. The mean MBTI scores were compared with the national averages using a one-sample t-test analysis. The participants reported personality types involving significantly more introversion, t (49) = -4.07, p < 0.001; more intuition, t (49) = -5.69, p < .001; and more perception, t (49) = -2.36, p < .05, than the reported national averages (all tests two-tailed). The sample did not differ significantly in terms of thinking versus feeling functions. With the SPS and DDQ each having a potential range of 1 - 6, participants found the traits of increased strategy (M = 5.82), imagination development (M = 5.32), creation and maintenance of friendships (M = 5.26), and expression of alter egos (M = 5.78) to be influenced and facilitated by D & D. Participants also scored significantly in the categories of spirituality's importance on meaning of life (M = 5.26) and influence on one's life (M = 5.4) showing a correlation between D & D and spirituality.

 

Subject
Personality;
Recreation
Classification
0625: Personality
0814: Recreation
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Psychology, Dungeons and Dragons, Role-playing games,Spirituality
Title
An exploratory study on the players of "Dungeons and Dragons"
Author
Wilson, David Louis
Number of pages
51
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0669
Source
DAI-B 68/07, Jan 2008
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549156178
Advisor
Dryer, Chris
University/institution
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3275681
ProQuest document ID
304743117
Copyright
Copyright ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing 2007
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304743117
Database
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)

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