A Comparative Study of Psychosocial Interventions for Internet Gaming Disorder Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years
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The present study is a quasi-experimental, prospective study of interventions for internet gaming disorder (IGD). One hundred four parents and their adolescent children were enrolled and allocated to one of the four treatment groups; 7-day Siriraj Therapeutic Residential Camp (S-TRC) alone, 8-week Parent Management Training for Game Addiction (PMT-G) alone, combined S-TRC and PMT-G, and basic psychoeducation (control). The severity of IGD was measured by the Game Addiction Screening Test (GAST). The mean difference among groups in GAST scores was statistically significant, with P values of < 0.001, 0.002, and 0.005 at 1, 3, and 6 months post-intervention, respectively. All groups showed improvement over the control group. The percentage of adolescents who remained in the addicted or probably addicted groups was less than 50% in the S-TRC, PMT-G, and combined groups. In conclusion, both S-TRC and PMT-G were effective psychosocial interventions for IGD and were superior to basic psychoeducation alone.
KeywordsPsychosocial intervention Internet gaming disorder Game addiction Adolescent
This study was funded by Siriraj Foundation. S-TRC was partially supported by the Thai Ministry of Culture. PMT-G was supported by the Thai Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. We would like to thank all parents and adolescents who joined this study for their dedication. We gratefully acknowledge Ms. Naratip Sanguanpanich for her assistance with statistical analysis. We also greatly appreciate Prof. Dr. Paul Glaser from Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA, for his valuable comments during preparation of the manuscript.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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