Bibliotherapy and the Reduction of Internet Gaming Disorder Symptoms



By: Mr. Bharat Chandra & Dr. Lena Magardechian

This paper investigates how bibliotherapy can influence Internet Gaming Disorder symptoms, based on criteria established from the DSM-5. To address this research question, an experimental design type was used. The participants in the study came from Calabasas High School, and it included students who exhibited high levels of Internet Gaming Disorder symptoms. These students went through a series of reading sessions similar to bibliotherapy and the Internet Gaming Disorder symptom change was
recorded. Of the nine current symptoms, seven were analyzed in the study, and it was found that in the majority of cases, reading sessions resulted in reduced Internet Gaming Disorder symptoms. Future studies should be conducted over a greater time period, with a check up on participants after the study in the future. This should be done, so that all nine symptoms of Internet Gaming Disorder can be analyzed and relapse can be measured for participants in the study.

Keywords: Bibliotherapy, Internet Gaming Disorder, DSM-5, Behavioral Disorder

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