Inattention and disordered gaming: does culture matter?

Stavropoulos, V., Baynes, K.L., O'Farrel, D.L., Gomez, R., Mueller, A., Yucel, M. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2020. Inattention and disordered gaming: does culture matter? Psychiatric Quarterly. ISSN 0033-2720

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Abstract

Objective: Problematic gaming has emerged as a contemporary concern, leading to the introduction of the diagnostic term ‘Internet Gaming Disorder’ (IGD; American Psychiatric Association). The present study aims to empirically assess the association between inattention and IGD, in the light of variable levels of vertical-individualism that reflects cultural inclinations towards independence, competitiveness, and hierarchy.

Method: The participants (N=1032) comprised a normative cohort of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) gamers (Mage=24 years; 48.7% male). IGD was measured with the nine-item shortform IGD Scale (IGD9-SF), inattention with the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Self-Report Scale, and vertical individualism with the Individualism-Collectivism Questionnaire. Complex hierarchical and moderated regressions were employed.

Results: Findings demonstrated an association between IGD and inattention, and additionally showed that this association was exacerbated by a more vertically-individualistic cultural orientation without significant gender differences.

Conclusion: The need of differentially addressing IGD risk among inattentive gamers of diverse cultural orientation is highlighted.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychiatric Quarterly
Creators: Stavropoulos, V., Baynes, K.L., O'Farrel, D.L., Gomez, R., Mueller, A., Yucel, M. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 3 January 2020
ISSN: 0033-2720
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1007/s11126-019-09702-8DOI
1262427Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Jan 2020 09:30
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 11:21
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38925

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