02 Feb '11, 6am

Why playing video games is good for girls

NEW YORK - Girls who play video games with their parents are more connected to their families, better behaved and have stronger mental health than those who do not, according to an American study. Girls who played with their families were less likely to be aggressive, showed lower rates of depression and were slightly more likely to have a stronger family connection, according to the study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The benefit was not seen in boys, perhaps because they spent less time gaming with their families than they did playing video games alone or with friends, the authors said. Lead author Sarah Coyne, a psychology professor at Brigham Young University in Utah, said she got the idea after watching her sisters play video games with her mother. Her study involved 287 families with children from 11 to 16 years old, who were interviewed in their homes and com...

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