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Associations between attention deficit hyperactivity and internet gaming disorder symptoms: is there consistency across types of symptoms, gender and countries?

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Stavropoulos, V and Adams, BLM and Beard, CL and Dumble, E and Trawley, S and Gomez, R and Pontes, HM, Associations between attention deficit hyperactivity and internet gaming disorder symptoms: is there consistency across types of symptoms, gender and countries?, Addictive Behaviors Reports, 9 pp. 100158. ISSN 2352-8532 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.abrep.2018.100158

Abstract

Background: Videogame addiction has been suggested as a tentative disorder in 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and was recently officially recognized as a mental health disorder by the World Health Organization (WHO). Although a few studies have identified attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a key risk factor for Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD), the interplay between ADHD and IGD symptoms with gender differences across cultures remains to be further examined.

Objective: This study examined the moderating effects of gender in the association between ADHD and IGD across two nations.

Method: A cross-sectional online survey was developed to recruit 164 Australian (Mage = 23.01, SD = 3.35, Minage = 18, Maxage = 31, Males n = 121, 73.80%) and 457 U.S.-North American (Mage = 25.25 years, SD = 2.76, Minage = 18 years, Maxage = 29 years, Males = 265, 57.98%) Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) players aged between 18 and 29 years.

Results: The hierarchical linear regression, moderation and moderated moderation analyses revealed that participants presenting greater inattention and hyperactivity symptoms exhibited higher levels of IGD-related behaviors in the two samples. Moreover, these associations differed across genders between the two countries. Specifically, more hyperactive-impulsive, as well as inattentive males in the USA presented higher levels of disordered gaming.

Conclusion: The results highlight the need for more cross-cultural and symptom-focused research in the broader IGD field.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:internet gaming disorder, emergent adults, massively multiplayer online games, attention deficit hyperactivity, gender, culture
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
UTAS Author:Adams, BLM (Mr Baxter Adams)
UTAS Author:Pontes, HM (Dr Halley Pontes)
ID Code:132492
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2019-07-29
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