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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 211–219 | Cite as

Evolution of Internet addiction in Greek adolescent students over a two-year period: the impact of parental bonding

  • Konstantinos Siomos
  • Georgios FlorosEmail author
  • Virginia Fisoun
  • Dafouli Evaggelia
  • Nikiforos Farkonas
  • Elena Sergentani
  • Maria Lamprou
  • Dimitrios Geroukalis
Original Contribution

Abstract

We present results from a cross-sectional study of the entire adolescent student population aged 12–18 of the island of Kos and their parents, on Internet abuse, parental bonding and parental online security practices. We also compared the level of over involvement with personal computers of the adolescents to the respective estimates of their parents. Our results indicate that Internet addiction is increased in this population where no preventive attempts were made to combat the phenomenon from the initial survey, 2 years ago. This increase is parallel to an increase in Internet availability. The best predictor variables for Internet and computer addiction were parental bonding variables and not parental security practices. Parents tend to underestimate the level of computer involvement when compared to their own children estimates. Parental safety measures on Internet browsing have only a small preventive role and cannot protect adolescents from Internet addiction. The three online activities most associated with Internet addiction were watching online pornography, online gambling and online gaming.

Keywords

Internet addiction Parenting practices Adolescents 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Konstantinos Siomos
    • 1
  • Georgios Floros
    • 2
    Email author
  • Virginia Fisoun
    • 3
  • Dafouli Evaggelia
    • 4
  • Nikiforos Farkonas
    • 5
  • Elena Sergentani
    • 5
  • Maria Lamprou
    • 5
  • Dimitrios Geroukalis
    • 5
  1. 1.Hellenic Association for the Study of Internet Addiction DisorderLarissaGreece
  2. 2.2nd Department of PsychiatryAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry‘Evaggelismos’ General Hospital of AthensAthensGreece
  4. 4.High-school educatorLarissaGreece
  5. 5.‘Hippocrates’ Center for Drug abuse preventionKosGreece

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