The use of videogames as digital leisure among people with autism spectrum disorder

  1. José Luis Cuesta Gómez 1
  2. Sergio Sánchez Fuentes 2
  3. Santiago Santos Vázquez 3
  4. Patricia Sancho Requena 4
  5. Martha Orozco Gómez 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Burgos

    Universidad de Burgos

    Burgos, España


  2. 2 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

    Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

    Madrid, España


  3. 3 Asociación Autismo Vigo
  4. 4 Universitat de València

    Universitat de València

    Valencia, España


Siglo Cero: Revista Española sobre Discapacidad Intelectual

ISSN: 0210-1696

Year of publication: 2021

Volume: 52

Issue: 3

Pages: 101-117

Type: Article

DOI: 10.14201/SCERO2021523101117 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2021
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.219
  • Best Quartile: Q3
  • Area: Psychology (miscellaneous) Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 204/276
  • Area: Education Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 974/1381
  • Area: Psychiatry and Mental Health Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 432/556
  • Area: Social Psychology Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 242/298
  • Area: Social Work Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 51/56

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  • Year 2021
  • Journal Impact: 0.890
  • Field: TRABAJO SOCIAL Quartile: C1 Rank in field: 2/51
  • Field: EDUCACIÓN Quartile: C1 Rank in field: 49/228
  • Field: PSICOLOGÍA Quartile: C2 Rank in field: 31/111


  • Social Sciences: B

Scopus CiteScore

  • Year 2021
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 1.4
  • Area: Psychiatric Mental Health Percentile: 52
  • Area: Education Percentile: 46
  • Area: Psychiatry and Mental Health Percentile: 35
  • Area: Social Psychology Percentile: 31


Digital leisure and specifically videogames are increasingly entrenched in all segments of society. Making appropriate use of them implies a challenge for users, families, and professionals. In the present study, the use that people with Autism Spectrum Disorders make of this sort of entertainment is specifically approached, and a series of recommendations are presented that take the characteristics of this population into account. A questionnaire was prepared ad hoc for data-collection purposes and administered to 67 people with ASD of different ages. The results reflect that videogames are a very popular type of game among people with ASD, are perceived as highly attractive and motivating and can help to lower anxiety levels. Among the undesired aspects, the physical problems arising from the use of videogames may be highlighted, and the problems of addiction and isolation that their continual use can provoke. The widespread acceptance of this type of leisure among people with ASD calls for new studies of a qualitative nature for the analysis of the relevant variables.

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