Treating Internet Gaming Disorder and Internet Addiction (1 CE)
Number of Credits: 1
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists and Counselors
Course By: Tim Grigsby, PhD
Content By: Zajac, K., Ginley, M. K., Chang, R., & Petry, N. M. (2017). Treatments for internet gaming disorder and internet addiction: A systematic review. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31 (8), 979.
Course Description: Excessive use of the internet and video games has gained considerable attention in research and practice. The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders-5th edition (DSM-V) has listed internet gaming disorder as a condition warranting further study, and the DSM-V task force has recommended further study of internet addiction. The current systematic literature review summarizes related treatment effectiveness and methodological concerns for current treatment options. Included studies were limited by methodological flaws including small sample sizes, lack of control groups, and little information on treatment adherence. Additionally, the lack of consistent definitions and established instruments for measuring internet gaming disorder and internet addiction makes it difficult to compare treatment effectiveness across studies. More research on the etiology and treatment of these conditions is needed.
- Distinguish internet gaming disorder from internet addiction
- List three experimental treatments for internet gaming disorder and internet addiction
- Describe two methodological weaknesses of existing treatment options for internet gaming disorder and internet addiction
- Read and understand Treatments for Internet gaming disorder and Internet addiction: A systematic review
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Reflect on the methodological and theoretical issues of existing treatment options for internet gaming disorder and internet addiction
- Work through the post-test questions; keep in mind that answer selections should be derived from the respective article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to better understand the methodological and theoretical issues concerning treatment for internet gaming disorder and internet addiction