Clarifying terminologies in research on gaming disorder and other addictive behaviors: Distinctions between core symptoms and underlying psychological processes

Matthias Brand, Hans-Jurgen Rumpf, Daniel L King, Marc N Potenza, Elisa Wegmann

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Abstract

There exists ongoing debate regarding the clinical validity of single symptoms of and diagnostic criteria for gaming disorder. In particular, the potential symptom of gaming disorder that addresses coping with and escaping from negative feelings has received much attention and remains a focus of intensive discussion. We argue that it is important to consider differences or distinguish between, on the one hand, symptoms of and criteria for a disorder due to addictive behaviors, such as gaming disorder, versus, on the other hand, motivations, mechanisms, and psychological processes that may be involved in promoting addictive behaviors and that may explain symptom severity and course of the addictive disorder including potential treatment responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume36
Early online date4 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 May 2020

Bibliographical note

This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Keywords

  • gaming-related features
  • IGD
  • diagnostic criteria

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