Autism, problematic internet use and gaming disorder: A systematic review
Griffiths, Mark D.
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Murray, Alayna, Koronczai, Beatrix, Király, Orsolya, Griffiths, Mark D., Mannion, Arlene, Leader, Geraldine, & Demetrovics, Zsolt. (2021). Autism, Problematic Internet Use and Gaming Disorder: A Systematic Review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s40489-021-00243-0
The present study investigated the association between autism and problematic internet use (PIU) and gaming disorder (GD). A systematic literature search was conducted in accordance with PRISMA guidelines. A total of 2286 publications were screened, and 21 were deemed eligible for inclusion in the review. The majority of the studies found positive associations between PIU and subclinical autistic-like traits with weak and moderate effect sizes and between PIU and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with varying effect sizes. Additionally, individuals with ASD were more likely to exhibit symptoms of GD with moderate and strong effect sizes. Future research would benefit from high-quality studies examining GD and PIU at a clinical level and their relationship with both clinical and subclinical autism.