Psychiatric Quarterly

, 80:117

Swiss Psychiatrists’ Beliefs and Attitudes About Internet Addiction

  • Gabriel Thorens
  • Yasser Khazaal
  • Joël Billieux
  • Martial Van der Linden
  • Daniele Zullino
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11126-009-9098-2

Cite this article as:
Thorens, G., Khazaal, Y., Billieux, J. et al. Psychiatr Q (2009) 80: 117. doi:10.1007/s11126-009-9098-2

Abstract

Aims To investigate the beliefs and attitudes of Swiss general psychiatrists toward Internet addiction. Methods Ninety-fourth Swiss psychiatrists filled out a questionnaire at a conference of general psychiatry assessing their views on the concept of Internet addiction, their evaluation methods and treatment procedures they use. Results A cluster analysis revealed three groups: DISBELIEVERS (N = 20) rejected the concept of Internet addiction and its importance, not considering it a real clinical problem and consequently not considering the existence of a specific treatment. The NOSOLOGY BELIEVERS (N = 66) and NOSOLOGY/TREATMENT BELIEVERS (N = 8) assumed that Internet addiction is a real problem. While NOSOLOGY/TREATMENT BELIEVERS asserted the availability of effective treatment (mainly psychological), NOSOLOGY BELIEVERS were less affirmative regarding treatment. Conclusion Thought the concept of Internet addiction is largely acknowledged as a clinical reality by Swiss psychiatrists, routine screening and treatment remain uncommon, mainly due to the belief that efficient treatment is still lacking.

Keywords

InternetAddictionInternet addictionBeliefAttitude

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel Thorens
    • 1
  • Yasser Khazaal
    • 1
  • Joël Billieux
    • 2
  • Martial Van der Linden
    • 2
  • Daniele Zullino
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of AddictologyGeneva University HospitalsGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Cognitive Psychopathology and Neuropsychology UnitUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland