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Breaking the habit
Breaking the habit

Commentary on: Policy responses to problematic video game use: A systematic review of current measures and future possibilities (Király et al., 2018)

Author(s): Kai W. Müller
Subject(s): Behaviorism
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: harm reduction; Internet gaming disorder; policy; prevention

Summary/Abstract: Internet gaming disorder has been widely recognized as a new health issue. At present, we are experiencing a rapid growth of knowledge on different aspects of this disorder, such as, for instance, prevalence rates, underlying neurobiological mechanisms, and treatment strategies. In contrast, preventing individuals from developing Internet gaming disorder is a matter that has not yet progressed sufficiently. Although we can basically refer to measures and techniques known to be effective in preventing other addictive behaviors, the special demands of preventing Internet gaming disorder remain largely obscured or disregarded. The policy actions identified in the review by Király et al. (2018) demonstrate that first preventive approaches have been initiated but, on the other hand, it also points out that empirical research on their feasibility and effectiveness needs improvement.

  • Issue Year: 7/2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 900-902
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: English