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A Psychological Overview of Gaming Disorder


Kuss, DJ and Pontes, HM and Kiraly, O and Demetrovics, Z, A Psychological Overview of Gaming Disorder, The Oxford Handbook of Cyberpsychology, Oxford University Press, A Attrill-Smith, C Fullwood, M Keep, DK Kuss (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9780198812746 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198812746.013.25


Over the last decade, the availability of different online games has increased rapidly, which coincides with the expeditious development of the gaming industry. Given that online games such as Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) appeal to a broad audience, who will spend large amounts of time engaging with these games, it is unsurprising that small numbers of highly engaged gamers may develop problems as a consequence of their excessive gaming patterns, including gaming disorder (GD). A unified assessment approach to GD is needed as substantial differences related to classification within the context of assessment can further generate confusion and render inconclusive information on the prevalence rates, clinical course, treatment, and biomarkers implicated with GD. Several scholars have called for unification in the assessment of GD following the publication of the nine IGD criteria by the APA. This chapter addresses these issues.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:internet gaming disorder, video games, 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:132504
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2019-07-09

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