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    Assessment of internet gaming disorder in clinical research: past and present perspectives

    Pontes, Halley and Griffiths, Mark D. (2014) Assessment of internet gaming disorder in clinical research: past and present perspectives. Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs 31 (2-4), pp. 35-48. ISSN 1060-1333.

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    Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) has recently received nomenclatural recognition from official medical bodies as a potential mental health disorder, despite evident variability and inconsistencies in its core conceptualization and psychometric assessment. Research on gaming addiction dates back to the 1970s, and important changes in the field have occurred, especially in terms of definition and conceptualization of the phenomenon, which resulted in a multiplicity of strategies in the assessment of IGD via inconsistent criteria or psychometric tools. In the present review, the authors argue how the adoption of inconsistent criteria and psychometric tools for assessing IGD has negatively influenced the field. Furthermore, this review provides an overview of how the field evolved in terms of its historical developments, current definitions and frameworks, developments in the neurobiological research, psychometric assessment, and emerging trends in the assessment of gaming addiction. Finally, the paper provides information on alternative emerging methods for assessing IGD via sound psychometric tools based on updated and officially recognized conceptualization of the phenomenon of IGD.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Assessment, DSM-5, internet addiction, internet gaming disorder, gaming addiction
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2021 14:46
    Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 16:15


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