Problematic technology use during adolescence: why don’t teenagers seek treatment?

Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2015. Problematic technology use during adolescence: why don’t teenagers seek treatment? Education and Health, 33 (1), pp. 6-9. ISSN 0265-1602


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In recent issues of Education and Health, I have briefly reviewed the empirical evidence relating to problematic use of technology by adolescents including online video gaming (Griffiths, 2014), social networking (Griffiths, 2013a; Kuss & Griffiths, 2011), and mobile phone use (Griffiths, 2013b). Most of the research studies that have examined ‘technological addictions’ during adolescence have indicated that a small but significant minority experience severe problems resulting in detriments to education, physical fitness, psychological wellbeing, and family and personal relationships (Griffiths, 2010; Kuss, Griffiths, Karila & Billieux, 2014). Given these findings, why is it that so few teenagers seek treatment? This article briefly outlines a number of reasons why this might be the case by examining other literature on adolescent drug use and adolescent gambling (e.g., Chevalier & Griffiths, 2005; 2005; Griffiths, 2001). Three different types of explanation are discussed: (i) treatment-specific explanations, (ii) research-related explanations, and (iii) developmental and peer group explanations.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Education and Health
Creators: Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU)
Place of Publication: Exeter
Date: 2015
Volume: 33
Number: 1
ISSN: 0265-1602
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 28 Oct 2015 10:34
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:56

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