Symptoms of Internet Gaming Disorder, Inattention, and Impulsivity: a Cross-Sectional Study Conducted in the United Arab Emirates

Zahir Vally

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Abstract

The addictive use of internet video games is now recognized as a valid diagnostic construct by both the World Health Organization and the American Psychiatric Association. A burgeoning body of preliminary evidence points to a relationship between attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms as being a risk factor for behaviors indicative of internet gaming disorder (IGD), however, studies have rarely examined ADHD’s two diagnostic constructs, inattention and impulsivity, separately. Moreover, IGD research is non-existent in Middle Eastern contexts. Therefore, this study examined, separately, the association of IGD with inattention and impulsivity in a sample of gamers from the United Arab Emirates. A cross-sectional survey was completed by 214 participants aged 18–33 years (mage = 20.64, SD = 4.34) who completed measures of IGD and ADHD, and self-reported daily duration of gameplay as well as a number of demographic characteristics. The pair of hierarchical linear regressions indicated that both the examined constructs, increased symptoms of inattention and impulsivity, were separately associated with elevated risk for engagement in IGD behaviors. However, these associations were not moderated by gender. These results confirm that symptoms of ADHD are indeed associated with IGD and is the first to confirm the presence of this relationship in a Middle Eastern sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-310
Number of pages10
JournalPsychiatric Quarterly
Volume92
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Gaming disorder
  • Impulsivity
  • Inattention
  • Middle East

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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