Shiva Shekari is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in psychology, at the Canadian University Dubai, UAE. Shiva has engaged in different research projects related to various aspects of psychology, and she found her area of interest in clinical psychology. With the extensive research skills she has acquired, she is now focusing more on topics related to the effects of culture on family formation and the behavioral health of family members. Recently, Shiva and her colleagues published a short report in the Middle East, Journal of Positive Psychology, on the topic of "Unpacking the Fear of Happiness.”. Due to constant integration in the field of research, Shiva has gained sufficient skill and passion to be known as an emerging researcher, and this will be manifested by her decision to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Game Play in a social society: Exploring the risk factors associated with Pathological Online Gaming among youth in Dubai
Concern over pathological or obsessive video game playing among children and teenagers around the world has grown as a result of increased internet use and video gaming. However, the prevalence of pathogenic symptoms is poorly understood in adolescents residing in Dubai who play video games, and the psychometric qualities of the instruments used to measure these symptoms. This analysis comprises surveying 450 students from over 15 universities in Dubai. The findings of this research provide empirical evidence that a variety of risk factors, including internet use and its impact on behavior and communication, regulate vulnerability to pathological online gaming. There is widespread agreement that factors in the development of internet and gaming addiction include players' goals, including overcoming unpleasant sentiments, success, networking, and immersion. Future research could inculcate the opinions of students from public universities as well as other Emirates.