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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 217-219

Managing online video gaming-related addictive behaviors through motivational interviewing

Department of Clinical Psychology, PsyClinic, Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Tarun Verma
PsyClinic, B-3/141, 2nd Floor, Paschim Vihar, Delhi - 110 063
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_113_18

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Video gaming on the Internet has become quite common among teenagers, mainly boys. Excessive gaming is affecting the daily life of children, which includes studies, social life, and emotional health. Such addictive patterns of online gaming are causing significant distress to the child and family. The current case discusses the implementation of a psychological intervention technique called motivational interviewing to bring changes in a teenage boy's addictive online gaming behaviors who had left attending school with goals of becoming a professional gamer. The 12-session process is outlined here with brief details about five principal stages of change that helped the child in regaining motivation and interest in his studies while managing his addictive behaviors.

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