Internet Gaming Disorder and the DSM-5: Conceptualization, Debates, and Controversies

Király, O., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Demetrovics, Z., 2015. Internet Gaming Disorder and the DSM-5: Conceptualization, Debates, and Controversies. Current Addiction Reports, 2 (3), pp. 254-262. ISSN 2196-2952

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Scientific interest in behavioral addictions (such as Internet gaming disorder [IGD]) has risen considerably over the last two decades. Moreover, the inclusion of IGD in Section 3 of DSM-5 will most likely stimulate such research even more. Although the inclusion of IGD appears to have been well received by most of the researchers and clinicians in the field, there are several controversies and concerns surrounding its inclusion. The present paper aims to discuss the most important of these issues: (i) the possible effects of accepting IGD as an addiction; (ii) the most important critiques regarding certain IGD criteria (i.e., preoccupation, tolerance, withdrawal, deception, and escape); and (iii) the controversies surrounding the name and content of IGD. In addition to these controversies, the paper also provides a brief overview of the recent findings in the assessment and prevalence of IGD, the etiology of the disorder, and the most important treatment methods.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Current Addiction Reports
Creators: Király, O., Griffiths, M.D. and Demetrovics, Z.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Date: 2015
Volume: 2
Number: 3
ISSN: 2196-2952
Rights: © Springer International Publishing AG 2015
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 02 Dec 2015 15:10
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:58

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