Risk Factors and Clinical Assessment of Internet-Addicted Adolescents

  • Qiaolei Jiang


In previous chapter, the media reportage of Internet addiction pointed out the negative outcomes in social, physical and psychological levels, including academic/work failure, physical problems, psychological problems, delinquency/crimes, etc., identified multiple causes, such as personal, family, interpersonal and environmental reasons, and proposed multiple solutions accordingly, for example self-help program, family support, and professional help (see Table  5.1). In order to further investigate Internet addiction, this study evaluated the profile of the Internet-dependent respondents and tried to identify the influential factors associated with Internet addiction based on clinical data. The present investigation among the respondents in the clinic revealed that Internet addiction was also associated with other risk/problem behaviors. The results suggested that specific personality traits and family communication are significant predictors for Internet addiction, risk/problem behaviors, as well as social and psychological well-being. The present study suggested that Internet addiction should be intervened and prevented when grouped with other risk/problem behaviors, by adopting the family-based approach. Finally, the limitations involved in this study are addressed.


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