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New Concepts, Old Known Issues: The DSM-5 and Internet Gaming Disorder and its Assessment


Pontes, HM and Griffiths, MD, New Concepts, Old Known Issues: The DSM-5 and Internet Gaming Disorder and its Assessment, Gaming and Technology Addiction: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice, IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp. 883-898. ISBN 9781522507789 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0778-9.ch040


Background: Following the growing concern about ‘gaming addiction’, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and numerous scholars have suggested the need for unification and consensus for the assessment of gaming addiction, which is now possible given the recent formal recognition of ‘Internet Gaming Disorder’ (IGD) by the APA since its inclusion in the DSM-5. Aims: In light of this, the aim of this chapter is to present the main findings concerning the development of the Internet Gaming Disorder Test (IGD-20 Test) and the Internet Gaming Disorder Scale – Short-Form (IGDS9-SF), two newly developed psychometric tools aimed to measure the extent of gaming disorder in online and/or offline players. Conclusions: The present findings support the viability of the two newly developed measures as adequate standardized psychometrically robust tools for assessing internet gaming disorder. Consequently, the new instruments represent the first step towards unification and consensus in the field of gaming studies.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:internet gaming disorder, dsm-5, assessment, behavioural addictions
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
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:132500
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2019-07-09

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