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Ellen Middaugh

Ellen Middaugh is currently a doctoral candidate in Human Development at UC Berkeley's School of Education and is Research Associate at Mills College's School of Education. Her research focus is on civic and political socialization of young people.

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This report focuses on the civic aspects of video game play among youth. According to a 2006 survey, 58 percent of young people aged 15 to 25 were civically "disengaged," meaning that they participated in fewer than two types of either electoral activities (defined as voting, campaigning, etc.) or civic activities (for example, volunteering). Kahne and his coauthors are interested in what role video games may or may not play in this disengagement.Until now, most research in the field has considered how video games relate to children's aggression and to academic learning.