UBC Graduate Research

Internet Gaming Disorder : Do NPs Need to Pay Closer Attention to Male Clients? Chen, Kevin H.


While internet gaming is a legitimate leisure activity worldwide, there is an emerging concern that more and more gamers are becoming addicted to it. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association recognized Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) as a condition warranting more clinical research before legitimizing it as a formal mental disorder. Proposed as a behavioral addiction, IGD shares many similarities in both physical and psychosocial manifestations, as well as cerebral changes on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), as substance addiction. Among the gaming population, males, both adolescents and adults, have been observed to demonstrate far more addictive use than females. However, until confirmed by further research, being male is not yet considered a risk factor for IGD. That said, as a part of primary care system, nurse practitioners need to understand the uniqueness of men’s health and the influence of masculine ideals in assessing the potential for and the treatment of IGD.

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