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Type: Journal article
Title: Functional impairment matters in the screening and diagnosis of gaming disorder
Author: Billieux, J.
King, D.
Higuchi, S.
Achab, S.
Bowden-Jones, H.
Hao, W.
Long, J.
Lee, H.
Potenza, M.
Saunders, J.
Poznyak, V.
Citation: Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 2017; 6(3):285-289
Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 2062-5871
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Joël Billieux, Daniel L. King, Susumu Higuchi, Sophia Achab, Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Wei Hao, Jiang Long, Hae Kook Lee, Marc N. Potenza, John B. Saunders and Vladimir Poznyak
Abstract: This commentary responds to Aarseth et al.’s (in press) criticisms that the ICD-11 Gaming Disorder proposal would result in “moral panics around the harm of video gaming” and “the treatment of abundant false-positive cases.” The ICD-11 Gaming Disorder avoids potential “overpathologizing” with its explicit reference to functional impairment caused by gaming and therefore improves upon a number of flawed previous approaches to identifying cases with suspected gaming-related harms. We contend that moral panics are more likely to occur and be exacerbated by misinformation and lack of understanding, rather than proceed from having a clear diagnostic system.
Keywords: Internet gaming disorder; ICD-11, IGD; gaming disorder; diagnosis; functional impairment
Rights: © 2017 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited.
DOI: 10.1556/2006.6.2017.036
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