Gaming disorder in adults with autism spectrum disorder

Murray, Alayna
Mannion, Arlene
Chen, June L.
Leader, Geraldine
Murray, Alayna, Mannion, Arlene, Chen, June L., & Leader, Geraldine. (2021). Gaming Disorder in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-021-05138-x
Gaming disorder (GD) is a clinical addiction to video or internet games. This study investigated whether GD symptoms are heightened in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in comparison to a control group, and explored predictors of GD in 230 adults with ASD and 272 controls. The relationship between GD and gelotophobia was examined. Measures included the Ten-Item Internet Gaming Disorder Test, GELOPH¿, Autism Spectrum Quotient-10 items, Inventory of Parent and Peer attachment, Emotional Regulation Questionnaire, Social Functioning Questionnaire (SFQ) and the NEO-FFI-3. Individuals in the ASD group showed significantly higher symptoms of GD. Peer-attachment, emotional regulation and extraversion significantly predicted GD scores. Gelotophobia and GD were related to each other with a small effect size.
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