|Associations of Metacognition and Internet Gaming Disorder Among University Students in Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Year of Publication
|6th ‘’International CEO (Communication, Economics, Organization) Social Sciences Congress (CEO SSC)’’
|Ünal-Aydın, P, Başer, LMustoo, Aydın, O
Digital technologies development leads to increase in internet gaming popularity to several audiences, in which these behavior may get non- chemical addictive features as phenomenon of modern society. Although there are studies representing the benefits of gaming, evidences documented considerable difficulties in psychological functioning and distress, not solely in individual/ personal level, but also in facets of family and social context functioning. Nowadays, scientific evidences showed that Internet gaming disorder is recognized as a mental health problem and a psychiatric condition, but with unclear pathogenesis. Within this potential clinical entity, multiple factors are associated with IGD onset, from affective to interpersonal, as well as identifying role of cognitive factors in IGD conceptualization. In this study, we aimed to explore the association between metacognitive beliefs and IGD among university students. A total of 720 individuals participated in the study, with administration of sociodemographic form, Metacognitions Questionnaire- 30 (MCQ- 30), and The Internet Gaming Disorder Test (IGD-20 Test). All variables were significantly correlated, with exception of Cognitive Self- Consciousness. Pearson's correlation and multiple linear regression analyses were conducted to examine the associations between metacognitive beliefs and IGD. Furthermore, Cognitive confidence, and Positive beliefs about worry were associated with IGD. Results showed that dysfunctional metacognitive beliefs are related to IGD among young adults. Findings indicate that interventions should consider targeting modification of metacognitions as with potential for benefits in treatment of individuals with IGD features. However, important is to highlight need for longitudinal studies in order to formulate a definite framework of metacognitive implications on IGD.