A systematic review of the co-occurrence of gaming disorder and other potentially addictive behaviors

Burleigh, T.L., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Sumich, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-4333-8442, Stavropoulos, V. and Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X, 2019. A systematic review of the co-occurrence of gaming disorder and other potentially addictive behaviors. Current Addiction Reports, 6, pp. 383-401. ISSN 2196-2952

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Purpose of review: The playing of videogames has become an everyday occurrence among many adolescents and emerging adults. However, gaming can be problematic and potentially addictive and problematic gamers can experience co-occurring behavioral or substance use-related problems. The aims of the present review were to (i) determine the co-occurrence of potentially addictive behaviors with problematic and disordered gaming, and (ii) elucidate the potential risk factors in the development and maintenance of co-occurrence within disordered gaming.

Recent findings: The main findings demonstrated that there are few empirical studies (N = 20) examining (i) co-occurrence of gaming disorder with other addictive behaviors; (ii) longitudinal risk of disordered gaming with co-occurring addictive behaviors; and (iii) mechanisms of co-occurrence in disordered gaming with co-occurring potentially addictive behaviors. Results suggest that disordered gaming can co-occur with a variety of other addictive behaviors (e.g., alcohol use disorder or addictive use of social media), and that research into the co-occurrence of addictive behaviors and substance use is increasing.

Summary: Based on this systematic review, findings suggest that gamers engage in a number of potentially addictive behaviors and substance use which can have detrimental effects on health and wellbeing. While a majority of the reviewed studies consider prevalence rates from a range of geographical locations, there are fewer papers which investigate individual and environmental risk factors.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Current Addiction Reports
Creators: Burleigh, T.L., Griffiths, M.D., Sumich, A., Stavropoulos, V. and Kuss, D.J.
Publisher: Springer
Date: December 2019
Volume: 6
ISSN: 2196-2952
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 11 Sep 2019 07:40
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 08:55
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37630

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