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Gaming disorder: its delineation as an important condition for diagnosis, management, and prevention


Saunders, JB and Hao, W and Long, J and King, DL and Mann, K and Fauth-Buhler, M and Rumpf, H-J and Bowden-Jones, H and Rahimi-Movaghar, A and Chung, T and Chan, E and Bahar, N and Achab, S and Lee, HK and Potenza, M and Petry, N and Spritzer, D and Ambekar, A and Derevensky, J and Griffiths, MD and Pontes, HM and Kuss, D and Higuchi, S and Mihara, S and Assangangkornchai, S and Sharma, M and El Kashef, A and Ip, P and Farrell, M and Scafato, E and Carragher, N and Poznyak, V, Gaming disorder: its delineation as an important condition for diagnosis, management, and prevention, Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6, (3) pp. 271-279. ISSN 2062-5871 (2017) [Substantial Review]

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DOI: doi:10.1556/2006.6.2017.039


Online gaming has greatly increased in popularity in recent years, and with this has come a multiplicity of problems due to excessive involvement in gaming. Gaming disorder, both online and offline, has been defined for the first time in the draft of 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). National surveys have shown prevalence rates of gaming disorder/addiction of 10%15% among young people in several Asian countries and of 1%10% in their counterparts in some Western countries. Several diseases related to excessive gaming are now recognized, and clinics are being established to respond to individual, family, and community concerns, but many cases remain hidden. Gaming disorder shares many features with addictions due to psychoactive substances and with gambling disorder, and functional neuroimaging shows that similar areas of the brain are activated. Governments and health agencies worldwide are seeking for the effects of online gaming to be addressed, and for preventive approaches to be developed. Central to this effort is a need to delineate the nature of the problem, which is the purpose of the definitions in the draft of ICD-11.

Item Details

Item Type:Substantial Review
Keywords:gaming disorder, gaming addiction, diagnosis, intervention
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:132470
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:174
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2019-06-03

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