The concept of "harm" in Internet gaming disorder

Daniel L. King, Paul H. Delfabbro

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Internet gaming disorder (IGD) is a proposed condition that refers to persistent gaming leading to clinically significant impairment. However, there have been few attempts to study the different types and degrees of harm caused by IGD. This commentary describes some of the negative intrapersonal and interpersonal effects of an extreme time investment in gaming activities in the context of IGD. Future research should examine the way in which IGD harms may occur at different levels and degrees. This may enhance the screening of individuals whose behavior is suspected to meet the definition of the proposed IGD criteria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-564
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Behavioral Addictions
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Comorbidity
  • Harm
  • Impairment
  • Internet gaming disorder
  • Negative effects
  • Public health


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