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      Risk Factors for Internet Gaming Disorder: Psychological Factors and Internet Gaming Characteristics

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          Background: Understanding the risk factors associated with Internet gaming disorder (IGD) is important to predict and diagnose the condition. The purpose of this study is to identify risk factors that predict IGD based on psychological factors and Internet gaming characteristics; Methods: Online surveys were conducted between 26 November and 26 December 2014. There were 3568 Korean Internet game users among a total of 5003 respondents. We identified 481 IGD gamers and 3087 normal Internet gamers, based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria. Logistic regression analysis was applied to identify significant risk factors for IGD; Results: The following eight risk factors were found to be significantly associated with IGD: functional and dysfunctional impulsivity (odds ratio: 1.138), belief self-control (1.034), anxiety (1.086), pursuit of desired appetitive goals (1.105), money spent on gaming (1.005), weekday game time (1.081), offline community meeting attendance (2.060), and game community membership (1.393; p < 0.05 for all eight risk factors); Conclusions: These risk factors allow for the prediction and diagnosis of IGD. In the future, these risk factors could also be used to inform clinical services for IGD diagnosis and treatment.

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                Journal
                Int J Environ Res Public Health
                Int J Environ Res Public Health
                ijerph
                International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
                MDPI
                1661-7827
                1660-4601
                27 December 2017
                January 2018
                : 15
                : 1
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Medical Informatics, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 06591, Korea; rhomijung@ 123456gmail.com
                [2 ]Catholic Institute for Healthcare Management and Graduate School of Healthcare Management and Policy, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 06591, Korea
                [3 ]Department of Industrial & Management Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 37673, Korea; hyelee@ 123456postech.ac.kr (H.L.); dlxorgh2@ 123456postech.ac.kr (T.-H.L.)
                [4 ]Department of Psychology, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea; sonap1@ 123456hanmail.net
                [5 ]Addiction Research Institute, Department of Psychiatry, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 06591, Korea; forever0851@ 123456naver.com
                [6 ]Department of Psychiatry, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul 06591, Korea
                Author notes
                [* ]Correspondence: kdj922@ 123456catholic.ac.kr (D.-J.K.); iychoi@ 123456catholic.ac.kr (I.Y.C.); Tel.: +82-2-2258-6086 (D.-J.K.); +82-2-2258-7870 (I.Y.C.)
                [†]

                Both authors contributed equally to this work.

                [‡]

                Both corresponding authors contributed equally to this work.

                Article
                ijerph-15-00040
                10.3390/ijerph15010040
                5800139
                29280953
                © 2017 by the authors.

                Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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