Psychosocial determinants of Internet gaming disorder in Chinese adolescents: a cross-sectional study
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AbstractObjectives: Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to Internet gaming disorder (IGD). This study aims to investigate the relationship between psychosocial factors and IGD among Chinese adolescents.

Methods: During October and December 2018, a cross-sectional study was conducted among Grade 7-8 students from 4 junior middle schools in Guangzhou, China. Classroom surveys were conducted with self-administered questionnaires in the absence of teachers. IGD was measured using the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and validated scales were used.

Results: Altogether 1, 362 students were surveyed among which 76.7% played Internet games in the past 12 months. 10.7% had IGD (n = 1, 045). Those with IGD showed significantly lower levels of refusal self-efficacy, self-control, self-esteem, resilience, and social support and had significantly higher level of impulsivity, illness perception regarding IGD, social anxiety, depressive symptoms, and loneliness than those without IGD (all p < 0.05). Multivariate linear regression analysis showed that, after controlled for significant background variables, refusal self-efficacy and self-control are significant protective factors of IGD, while illness perception regarding IGD, social anxiety and depression are significantly risk factors of IGD among adolescent gamers (all p < 0.05).

Conclusions: IGD prevalence was alarmingly high in Chinese adolescents, and more attention should be paid on the relationship between psychosocial factors and IGD
Acceptance Date17/06/2019
All Author(s) ListJoseph T. F. Lau, Yan-Qiu Yu, Phoenix K. H. Mo, Ji-Bin Li
Name of Conference6th International Conference of Behavioral Addictions
Start Date of Conference17/06/2019
End Date of Conference19/06/2019
Place of ConferenceYokohama
Country/Region of ConferenceJapan
Volume Number8
Issue NumberSuppl 1
Place of PublicationJapan
Pages153 - 154
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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