Including gaming disorder in the ICD-11: the need to do so from a clinical and public health perspective

Rumpf, H.-J., Achab, S., Billieux, J., Bowden-Jones, H., Carragher, N., Demetrovics, Z., Higuchi, S., King, D.L., Mann, K., Potenza, M., Saunders, J.B., Abbott, M., Ambekar, A., Tolga Aricak, O., Assanangkornchai, S., Bahar, N., Borges, G., Brand, M., Chan, E.M.-L., Chung, T., Derevensky, J., El Kashef, A., Farrell, M., Fineberg, N., Gandin, C., Gentile, D., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Goudriaan, A.E., Grall-Bronne, M., Hao, W., Hodgins, D.C., Ip, P., Király, O., Lee, H.K., Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X, Lemmens, J.S., Long, J., Lopez-Fernandez, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-4294-9156, Mihara, S., Petry, N.M., Pontes, H.M. ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-7623, Rahimi-Movaghar, A., Rehbein, F., Rehm, J., Scafato, E., Sharma, M., Spritzer, D., Stein, D.J., Tam, P., Weinstein, A., Wittchen, H.-U., Wölfling, K., Zullino, D. and Poznyak, V., 2018. Including gaming disorder in the ICD-11: the need to do so from a clinical and public health perspective. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6 (3), pp. 267-270. ISSN 2062-5871

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Abstract

The proposed introduction of gaming disorder (GD) in the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) has led to a lively debate over the past year. Besides the broad support for the decision in the academic press, a recent publication by van Rooij et al. (2018) repeated the criticism raised against the inclusion of GD in ICD-11 by Aarseth et al. (2017). We argue that this group of researchers fails to recognize the clinical and public health considerations, which support the WHO perspective. It is important to recognize a range of biases that may influence this debate; in particular, the gaming industry may wish to diminish its responsibility by claiming that GD is not a public health problem, a position which maybe supported by arguments from scholars based in media psychology, computer games research, communication science, and related disciplines. However, just as with any other disease or disorder in the ICD-11, the decision whether or not to include GD is based on clinical evidence and public health needs. Therefore, we reiterate our conclusion that including GD reflects the essence of the ICD and will facilitate treatment and prevention for those who need it.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Including gaming disorder in the ICD-11 [running title]
Description: Commentary on: A weak scientific basis for gaming disorder: Let us err on the side of caution (van Rooij et al., 2018)
Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Creators: Rumpf, H.-J., Achab, S., Billieux, J., Bowden-Jones, H., Carragher, N., Demetrovics, Z., Higuchi, S., King, D.L., Mann, K., Potenza, M., Saunders, J.B., Abbott, M., Ambekar, A., Tolga Aricak, O., Assanangkornchai, S., Bahar, N., Borges, G., Brand, M., Chan, E.M.-L., Chung, T., Derevensky, J., El Kashef, A., Farrell, M., Fineberg, N., Gandin, C., Gentile, D., Griffiths, M.D., Goudriaan, A.E., Grall-Bronne, M., Hao, W., Hodgins, D.C., Ip, P., Király, O., Lee, H.K., Kuss, D.J., Lemmens, J.S., Long, J., Lopez-Fernandez, O., Mihara, S., Petry, N.M., Pontes, H.M., Rahimi-Movaghar, A., Rehbein, F., Rehm, J., Scafato, E., Sharma, M., Spritzer, D., Stein, D.J., Tam, P., Weinstein, A., Wittchen, H.-U., Wölfling, K., Zullino, D. and Poznyak, V.
Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
Date: 16 July 2018
Volume: 6
Number: 3
ISSN: 2062-5871
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10.1556/2006.7.2018.59DOI
Rights: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Jun 2018 08:28
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2018 10:16
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33775

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