"Gaming disorder can result in serious negative consequences," writes Dr. Derevensky in special to Montreal Gazette

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Jeffrey Derevensky, James McGill Professor and Chair with our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, has composed a special article to the Montreal Gazette, published Jan. 29, 2018 and titled "Opinion: Gaming disorder should not be dismissed".

The topic is of special interest due to a World Health Organization (WHO) statement released this month that characterized gaming addiction as a behavioural pattern similar to substance abuse. Dr. Derevensky responds specifically to an a recent opinion piece by William Robinson that seemed dismissive of the seriousness of WHO's claims.

"Gaming disorder can result in serious negative consequences," writes Derevensky in part. Please click here to read his entire article.

Jeffrey Derevensky is a James McGill Professor with ECP, Professor with McGill's Department of Psychiatry, and Co-Director of the Faculty's Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW). He is one of the world's leading researchers of youth gambling. Much of Dr. Derevensky's renown stems from his work with McGill's International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviours, where he has been Director since their foundation in 1994.

[read "Opinion: Gaming disorder should not be dismissed," by Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Montreal Gazette, Jan. 29, 2018]