Psychological Well-Being of Muslim Online Gamers in Malaysia: Are They Mentally Well Enough?




The psychological well-being of online gamers has gotten more attention as online games have become recognized in the e-sport field. Hence, identifying the psychological status of gamers is essential to ensure their well-being is at optimum, and further interventions can be strategized if needed. The identified psychological profiles include psychological well-being, duration of play, and internet gaming disorder. A total of 221 Muslim online gamers from various e-sport centers and academies in Malaysia participated in this study. The psychological well-being was measured using Psychological Well-Being Scale, while IGD was measured using the Internet Gaming Disorder Scale-Short Form. The results indicated that the frequency of playing online games and daily play duration were associated with gamers' psychological well-being. Furthermore, preoccupation and withdrawal symptoms of gaming disorder were significant in predicting psychological well-being. The importance of this study for Muslim online gamers is to increase their awareness on the continued interweaving of psychological well-being and internet gaming disorder experience, so that early mental distress can be best addressed.

Author Biographies

Farhana Sabri, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Malaysia

She is a Lecturer of Counseling at Faculty of Leadership and Management, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia. Her research interests revolve within the discipline of counseling addiction covering mental health and co-occurring disorders in addiction. She had published research in the contexts of drug addiction treatment, dual-diagnosis, and counseling approaches in addiction. Her research interest is also now delving into gaming addiction in the context of Muslim.

Ahmad Yunus, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Malaysia

He graduated with a Master of Substance Abuse Counselling at the Islamic University of Sciences Malaysia in 2021. His research interest involves substance addiction, and behavioral addiction especially gaming disorder behavior and internet addiction disorder. Not limited to that, addiction is also associated with various psychological aspects such as ethnocultural empathy, psychological well-being, and other psychological dimensions. Currently, he is interested in research on addiction and its relation to authentic happiness and efforts to mitigate addiction in a family, community, and school setting.


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How to Cite

Sabri, F., & Yunus, A. (2021). Psychological Well-Being of Muslim Online Gamers in Malaysia: Are They Mentally Well Enough?. Islamic Guidance and Counseling Journal, 4(2), 181–193.