Cognitive behavioral therapy for problematic video game players:Conceptual considerations and practice issues

Daniel L. King, Paul H. Delfabbro, Mark D. Griffiths

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Abstract

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is rationalized to be a highly appropriate treatment modality for problem and addicted users of video games. Drawing on available empirical research in this and allied areas (e.g., problem gambling), this paper presents some preliminary treatment techniques that may be well suited to the known features, correlates, and consequences of video game addiction. These techniques involve monitoring video game use, setting appropriate goals, and overcoming problem cognitions that intensify and maintain video game use. Specialized knowledge of the structural and situational characteristics that develop and maintain problem video game playing is also provided. While problem video game playing appears to resemble pathological gambling in many ways, some distinct phenomenological aspects of video game playing prevent a direct translation of gambling CBT programs to video game players. It is suggested that further research is needed to provide further guidelines and treatment techniques for video game players who suffer problems with their behavior. There is also need for greater funding for more basic and applied research on problem video game players.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-273
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Cyber Therapy and Rehabilitation
Volume3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Problem gambling cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Problematic video game use
  • Video game addiction

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