The imperative of integrating empirical and theoretical considerations when developing policy responses to Internet-gaming disorder

Wegmann, Elisa GND; Brand, Matthias GND

[Commentary on: Policy responses to problematic video game use: A systematic review of current measures and future possibilities (Király et al., 2018).]

This commentary proposes an integrative approach of theoretical and empirical considerations when developing policy responses to Internet-gaming disorder and when evaluating their efficacy. It complements the overview by Király et al. (2018) about preventive and treatment programs by referring to a lack of inclusion of internal factors, such as individual aspects and cognitions, and missing empirical evidence. This commentary claims the integration of current research addressing individual predisposing and maintaining factors in order to evaluate existing programs and to enhance the exchange between actors including policy. This integrative approach has the potential to develop successful preventive strategies, which could be implemented realistically and socially responsible.

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