4th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions February 20–22, 2017 Haifa, Israel

Pontes, H.M. ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-7623, 2017. 4th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions February 20–22, 2017 Haifa, Israel. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6 (S1), p. 42. ISSN 2062-5871

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Background and aims: Previous small-scale studies in Portugal suggested that a minority of adolescents could be at risk for developing technological addictions such as Internet addiction (IA) and Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD). However, these findings are still to be replicated by
larger studies using more robust samples. In light of this, the present aimed to ascertain how IA, IGD, and Facebook addiction (FA) may impact on Portuguese school-aged adolescents' mental health. Methods: A total of 509 school
-aged adolescents were recruited (M age = 13 years; S.D. = 1.64 years) to a multi-technological addictions project. Data were collected on participants' sociodemographic, IA, IGD, FA, and several psychiatric symptoms. Results: Overall, the incidence of technological addictions was not overly
prevalent across the sample (0% IA; 1% IGD; 1.8% FA), and a small minority of adolescents appeared to be 'at-risk' for
developing technological addictions (1.6% IA; 0.6% IGD; 2.4% FA). Finally, increased symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress were found to be consistently associated with augmented symptomatology of technological addictions.
Conclusions: The findings of the present study provided preliminarily insights into how technological addictions may affect Portuguese school-aged adolescents, and corroborated a large body of international studies that
found systematic links between technological addictions and psychiatric comorbidities.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Published in Volume 6, Supplement 1 of Journal of Behavioral Addictions. Issue title: Abstracts of the 4th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Haifa, Israel, 20-22 February 2017.
Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Creators: Pontes, H.M.
Publisher: Akademiai Kiado
Date: March 2017
Volume: 6
Number: S1
ISSN: 2062-5871
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 16 Mar 2017 09:39
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:13
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30399

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