DSM-5 Internet Gaming Disorder Among a Sample of Mexican First-Year College Students

Borges, Guilherme and Orozco, Ricardo and Benjet, Corina and Martínez Martínez, Kalina I. and Vargas Contreras, Eunice and Jiménez Pérez, Ana Lucia and Peláez Cedrés, Alvaro Julio and Hernández Uribe, Praxedis Cristina and Covarrubias Díaz Couder, María Anabell and Gutierrez-Garcia, Raúl A. and Quevedo Chavez, Guillermo E. and Albor, Yesica and Mendez, Enrique and Medina-Mora, Maria Elena and Mortier, Philippe and Rumpf, Hans-Juergen (2019) DSM-5 Internet Gaming Disorder Among a Sample of Mexican First-Year College Students. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 8 (4). pp. 714-724. ISSN 2062-5871 (print); 2063-5303 (online)

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Background and aims: DSM-5 includes Internet gaming disorder (IGD) as a condition for further study. While online and offline gaming may produce undesired negative effects on players, we know little about the nosology of IGD and its prevalence, especially in countries with emerging economies. Methods: A self-administered survey has been employed to estimate prevalence of DSM-5 IGD and study the structure and performance of an instrument in Spanish to measure DSM-5 IGD among 7,022 first-year students in 5 Mexican universities that participated in the University Project for Healthy Students (PUERTAS), part of the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health International College Student Initiative. Results: The scale for IGD showed unidimensionality with factor loadings between 0.694 and 0.838 and a Cronbach’s α = .816. Items derived from gaming and from substance disorders symptoms mixed together. We found a 12-month prevalence of IGD of 5.2% in the total sample; prevalence was different for males (10.2%) and females (1.2%), but similar for ages 18–19 years (5.0%) and age 20+ (5.8%) years. Among gamers, the prevalence was 8.6%. Students with IGD were more likely to report lifetime psychological or medical treatment [OR = 1.8 (1.4–2.4)] and any severe role impairment [OR = 2.4 (1.7–3.3)]. Adding any severe role impairment to the diagnostic criteria decreased the 12-month prevalence of IGD to 0.7%. Discussion and conclusions: Prevalence of DSM-5 IGD and the performance of diagnostic criteria in this Mexican sample were within the bounds of what is reported elsewhere. Importantly, about one in every seven students with IGD showed levels of impairment that would qualify them for treatment under DSM-5.

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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan
Depositing User: Violetta Baliga
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 12:39
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