Online gaming addiction in children and adolescents: a review of empirical research

Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2012. Online gaming addiction in children and adolescents: a review of empirical research. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 1 (1), pp. 3-22. ISSN 2062-5871

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Background and aims:
Research suggests that excessive online gaming may lead to symptoms commonly experienced by substance addicts. Since games are particularly appealing to children and adolescents, these individuals may be more at risk than other groups of developing gaming addiction.
Given these potential concerns, a literature review was undertaken in order (i) to present the classification basis of online gaming addiction using official mental disorder frameworks, (ii) to identify empirical studies that assess online gaming addiction in children and adolescents, and (iii) to present and evaluate the findings against the background of related and established mental disorder criteria.
Empirical evidence comprising 30 studies indicates that for some adolescents, gaming ad - diction exists and that as the addiction develops, online gaming addicts spend increasing amounts of time preparing for, organizing, and actually gaming.
Evidence suggests that problematic online gaming can be conceptualized as a behavioral addiction rather than a disorder of impulse control.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Creators: Kuss, D.J. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
Place of Publication: Budapest, Hungary
Date: 2012
Volume: 1
Number: 1
ISSN: 2062-5871
Rights: © Akadémiai Kiadó Zrt.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:42
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:36

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