FSD3671 Views of Psychologists and Psychology Students on Digital and Problematic Gaming 2021

The dataset is (C) available for research only (including Master's, doctoral and Polytechnic/University of Applied Sciences Master's theses). The dataset may not be used for teaching, study (e.g. seminar papers, essays) or other theses (Bachelor's theses or equivalent).

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  • Alho, Joel (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Mankinen, Katja (University of Jyväskylä)


addiction, digital games, hobbies, social problems, well-being (health)


The dataset consists of interviews with psychologists and psychology students on their attitudes and opinions towards digital gaming, problematic gaming, and the recent addition of gaming disorder to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The interviewees themselves were not required to have experience with gaming or problematic gaming. Interviewees were reached through two separate interview invitations, one of which was targeted at psychology students and the other at professional psychologists.

First, the interviewees were asked about their professional background and their experiences with gaming in their private and professional lives. The interview included questions on the interviewees' attitudes towards gaming, their views on problematic gaming and its relationship to other mental health issues, the recent addition of gaming disorder to the ICD-11, and how problematic gaming and gaming disorder should be approached at a societal level. In addition, one section of the interview consisted of questions from the Attitudes Towards Gambling Scale (ATGS-8) which the researchers had translated and adapted for the purposes of their study.

Background information included the interviewee's gender, age group (only professional psychologists), and status (psychology student/professional psychologist). Background information also included the codes by which the researchers referred to the interviewees in their thesis. The data were organised into an easy to use HTML version at FSD.

The dataset is only available in Finnish.

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