Coping and co-occurrence of gaming disorder and substance use in recovering substance users

Burleigh, T.L. ORCID: 0000-0002-3405-140X, Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Sumich, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-4333-8442, Wang, G.Y. and Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X, 2022. Coping and co-occurrence of gaming disorder and substance use in recovering substance users. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11 (24): 7370. ISSN 2077-0383

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Background: There are a wide range of negative effects associated with both substance use disorders and behavioural disorders and their co-occurrence. Understanding the way in which at-risk populations (e.g., substance-abstinent users) interact with potentially addictive behaviours (e.g., gaming) and substance use—while navigating life stressors through differing coping styles—can inform preventative strategies.

Methods: Therefore, the present study investigated 64 clinical participants and 138 general population participants. Each cohort was required to complete a battery of psychometric scales exploring problematic behaviours, problematic substance use, co-occurrence, and coping styles. Additional exploratory direct comparisons of gamers in the clinical cohort and gamers in the general cohort were carried out.

Results: The study’s findings suggest that gamers from different populations (i.e., general and clinical) share similar at-risk behaviours. These problematic behaviours were more pronounced among abstinent substance use gamers, and more specifically among poly-substance use gamers.

Conclusions: The findings of the present study add to the literature and suggest that dysfunctional coping style and the co-occurrence of problematic behaviours may have an impact on the assessment and potential treatment of substance abstinent gamers. The findings offer support for an integrated treatment approach, wherein both substance use and the other problematic behaviours (e.g., gaming) are considered in tandem.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Creators: Burleigh, T.L., Griffiths, M.D., Sumich, A., Wang, G.Y. and Kuss, D.J.
Publisher: MDPI
Date: 12 December 2022
Volume: 11
Number: 24
ISSN: 2077-0383
Rights: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 13 Dec 2022 09:58
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2022 09:58

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