Problematic gaming behavior can be defined as either having trouble in cutting back the hours of (video) gaming, experiencing increased anxiety when it is not possible to play (video) games, or feeling relieved when one is able to play computer and video games. The Trimbos Institute provides information about the consequences of problematic gaming, how to play video games in a healthy, balanced manner, and how to prevent problematic gaming. This information is offered through the Dutch-language websites Gaming Infoline and Your Child and Gaming, through symposiums and presentations on preventing problematic gaming, and through reports and journal articles for healthcare professionals and researchers.
As part of the Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe – Reframing Addictions Project, the Trimbos Institute conducts research on a number of important trends in the European Union's policies on gambling and gambling addiction. Furthermore, researchers at the Trimbos Institute are involved in understanding addiction and online gambling in the Netherlands in order to provide better information for the development and implementation of prevention programs.
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