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New Concepts, Old Known Issues: The DSM-5 and Internet Gaming Disorder and its Assessment

Pontes, HM ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-7623 and Griffiths, MD 2017 , 'New Concepts, Old Known Issues: The DSM-5 and Internet Gaming Disorder and its Assessment', in Gaming and Technology Addiction: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice , IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp. 883-898.

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Background: Following the growing concern about ‘gaming addiction’, the American PsychiatricAssociation (APA) and numerous scholars have suggested the need for unification and consensus for theassessment of gaming addiction, which is now possible given the recent formal recognition of ‘InternetGaming Disorder’ (IGD) by the APA since its inclusion in the DSM-5. Aims: In light of this, the aim ofthis chapter is to present the main findings concerning the development of the Internet Gaming DisorderTest (IGD-20 Test) and the Internet Gaming Disorder Scale – Short-Form (IGDS9-SF), two newly developed psychometric tools aimed to measure the extent of gaming disorder in online and/or offline players.Conclusions: The present findings support the viability of the two newly developed measures as adequatestandardized psychometrically robust tools for assessing internet gaming disorder. Consequently, thenew instruments represent the first step towards unification and consensus in the field of gaming studies.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Pontes, HM and Griffiths, MD
Keywords: internet gaming disorder, dsm-5, assessment, behavioural addictions
Publisher: IGI Global
DOI / ID Number: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0778-9.ch040
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Copyright 2017 IGI Global

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