Challenges for Game Addiction as a Mental Health Diagnosis

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In this paper, we outline the proposed PhD project: "Challenges for Game Addiction as a Mental Health Diagnosis". The project aims to bridge gaps between the perspectives, theories and data of current research trajectories that engage with the concept of game addiction; from psychology, psychiatry, cognitive neuroscience to media and game studies. The project has several proposed outcomes. Based on a review of the literature, the adequacy of 'game addiction' as a concept is questioned. The concept is further discussed in a historical perspective of game related pathologies and media/moral panics. The validity of the prevalent instruments used to assess the prevalence of computer game addiction is examined in a cross-disciplinary context. The argument of the project is that research on computer game addiction is limited by mono-disciplinary approaches that fail to capture significant nuances at the cost of validity of results and instruments. The lack of communication between researchers has resulted in qualitative research that deny the existence of computer game addiction and quantitative research that assert the existence and prevalence of the phenomenon. Qualitative research cannot claim to capture as wide a sample as quantitative research and quantitative research cannot claim to capture the deep understanding and nuances of qualitative research. When the two methods produce conflicting results it stands to reason that a dispassionate review and analysis is necessary.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the 9th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games : FDG 2014 Proceedings
Antal sider3
Publikationsdato7 apr. 2014
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-0-9913982-2-5
StatusUdgivet - 7 apr. 2014
Begivenhed The 9th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games - Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA
Varighed: 3 apr. 20147 apr. 2014
Konferencens nummer: 9
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Konference The 9th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games
Nummer9
Land/OmrådeUSA
By Ft. Lauderdale, FL,
Periode03/04/201407/04/2014
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