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A brief overview of internet gaming disorder and its treatment


Griffiths, MD and Kuss, DJ and Pontes, HM, A brief overview of internet gaming disorder and its treatment, Australian Clinical Psychologist, 2, (1) pp. 1-12. ISSN 2204-4981 (2016) [Substantial Review]

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In the latest (fifth) edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013), Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) was included in Section 3 (‘Emerging Measures and Models’) as a promising area that needed future research before being formally included in the DSM. This paper provides a brief overview of IGD and its treatment. There are now over 20 different screens for assessing problematic gaming although very few studies have used nationally representative samples. The prevalence rates in these studies have ranged from 1.2% to 8.5% depending upon country and screening instrument used. Although IGD is not yet an officially recognized disorder, there have been a number of treatment studies although many of these do not distinguish between Internet Use Disorder and IGD. In terms of psychological treatments for IGD, cognitive-behavioural therapy appears to be the most widely used. It is concluded that standardized and comprehensive methods of diagnosis are at present lacking, and that further research into IGD is needed from clinical, epidemiological, and neurobiological aspects of IGD.

Item Details

Item Type:Substantial Review
Keywords:internet gaming disorder, addiction, internet addiction
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pontes, HM (Dr Halley de Oliveira Miguel Pontes)
ID Code:132453
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2019-06-03

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