Effects of Harassment Experiences in Online Games, Expectation on Organizational Response, and Gender on Coping Strategies

온라인 게임 내 괴롭힘 경험, 조직대응에 대한 기대, 유저의 성별이 대응전략에 미치는 영향

Kim, Min-Chae;Ro, Hea-Kyung

  • Received : 2018.12.03
  • Accepted : 2019.01.02
  • Published : 2019.01.28


This study is an exploratory study on the factors that affect the types of user's coping strategies in online game harassment situations. A survey(N=416) was conducted to investigate the experiences of harassment in online games, expectations on organizational response, and the frequencies of selecting each type of coping strategy. The result shows that the female users usually experience more harassment than the male users, especially in sexual harassment. Female users often choose gender masking, seeking help, avoidance, and mirroring strategies compared to males, while males choose self-blame. The effects of harassment experiences, expectation on organizational response, and gender on each type of coping strategy were analyzed using the structural equation model(SEM). Sexual harassment experiences significantly affect all types of strategies, and the higher the expectation on organizational response, the more likely users to seek help rather than to select gender masking. These results are expected to serve the basis for establishing harassment-related regulations in online games.


Online Game;Harassment Experience;Expectation on Organizational Response;Coping Strategies