Debate: Behavioural addictions and technology use – risk and policy recommendations for problematic online gambling and gaming

Kuss, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X and Gainsbury, S., 2021. Debate: Behavioural addictions and technology use – risk and policy recommendations for problematic online gambling and gaming. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 26 (1), pp. 76-77. ISSN 1475-357X

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Digital technology allows people to connect and share similar interests across geographical and temporal borders. Two behavioural disorders related to Internet use have been officially recognised as mental health disorders: Gambling Disorder by the American Psychiatric Association and Gaming Disorder by the World Health Organization. The prevalence estimates and risk indicators of developing problems associated with excessive technology use differ considerably across countries. Individual, structural and situational factors need to be taken into consideration when evaluating existing study outcomes. Based on the current evidence base regarding prevention of problematic technology use including gaming and online gambling and reducing harm, whilst paying attention not to overpathologise everyday behaviours, we recommend a multi‐stakeholder approach, engaging researchers, clinicians, regulators and government bodies, community organisations and the industry. Implications for clinical practice include engaging in dialogue across experts and using evidence‐based treatment approaches to support those in need of professional help.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Creators: Kuss, D. and Gainsbury, S.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: February 2021
Volume: 26
Number: 1
ISSN: 1475-357X
Rights: © 2021 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Feb 2021 13:43
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:07

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