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Anales de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas (Asunción)

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TORALES, Julio César et al. Internet gaming disorder: are there any gender differences?. An. Fac. Cienc. Méd. (Asunción) [online]. 2020, vol.53, n.1, pp.93-100. ISSN 1816-8949.

The body of evidence for Internet Gaming Disorder is growing. Both psychological and biological factors are involved in its etiopathogenesis and these factors may present different levels of contribution to the disorder depending on the gender of the patient. Taking into account that the rate of male individuals compared with the female rate in the Internet Gaming Disorder is about 3:1 and that most of the available studies are done in predominantly male populations, a non-systematic narrative review was done, focused on primary literature and selected from a search in PubMed and SciELO databases. The key terms used were: "Internet gaming disorder" and "Internet gaming disorder and gender". All members of the research team participated in the review of the literature. All the above was done in order to present a general picture about gender differences in online games, which can be used to improve the knowledge of mental health workers about this challenging group of patients.

Palavras-chave : Internet Gaming Disorder; Biological factors; Psychological factors; Gender..

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