Paper Title
Therapeutic Aspects in the Gaming World: Moderating Role of Therapeutic Catharsis Seeking on Gamer Aggression

With survey data of 918 subjects, the effects of therapeutic catharsis seeking on aggression were examined, including psychological variables (loneliness and depression) and favorite games (violent vs. non-violent). We also tested the moderating role of therapeutic catharsis seeking on the relationship between psychological variables and aggression. The results confirmed the important role of therapeutic catharsis seeking. Aggression was significantly associated with therapeutic catharsis seeking irrespective of favorite games. Therapeutic catharsis seeking played a moderating role between depression and aggression and loneliness and aggression, highlighting a new perspective of therapeutic catharsis seeking in the debates of gaming effects. Index Terms - Aggression, Depression, Loneliness, Therapeutic Catharsis Seeking