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Revista Colombiana de Psicología

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ROJAS-JARA, CLAUDIO et al. "Game (not) Over": A Systematic Review of Video Game Disorder in Adolescents. Rev. colomb. psicol. [online]. 2022, vol.31, n.2, pp.45-64.  Epub Oct 03, 2022. ISSN 0121-5469.

This study aims to characterize video game use disorder in adolescents, identifying the particularities of those who present it, its effects at the brain level, related factors, and existing measurement instruments. A systematic review of the scientific publications available in Scopus was carried out, between the period 2014-2018 on video game use disorder in adolescents. Adolescents with this disorder are characterized by being mostly men, spending more time daily and weekly playing than adolescents without this disorder, showing diverse symptoms in the behavioral, affective, and cognitive areas. At brain level, it is referred that in this disorder there is an increase and decrease in the activation of specific areas of the brain. Likewise, the presence of some psychological disorder and impulsivity are considered factors that increase the risk of suffering from it. However, there are protective factors as school commitment and parental supervision, among others.

Keywords : addiction; adolescents; gaming disorder; systematic review; video games.

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