Hooked on the Internet: the prevalence, risk, theory and presenting problem of Internet addiction

Kuss, D.J., 2013. Hooked on the Internet: the prevalence, risk, theory and presenting problem of Internet addiction. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.


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As the Internet becomes increasingly ubiquitous and mobile, Internet addiction appears as a potential mental health problem in adolescents and students. From the reported negative consequences, it appears Internet addiction can have a variety of detrimental outcomes for young people that may require professional intervention. The unique contribution to knowledge of this research is (i) the assessment of the interplay between certain personality traits and the usage of specific Internet applications in contributing to an elevated risk of Internet addiction in two independent samples of 3,105 adolescents in the Netherlands and 2,257 university students in the UK, (ii) the development and testing of the concise Internet addiction components model using the quantitative data obtained, and (iii) the phenomenological exploration of the presenting problem of Internet addiction from the perspective of 20 psychotherapists from Europe, the USA, and Canada. A mixed methods approach was used in the form of psychometric measurement and qualitative interviews. Data were analysed using logistic regression, confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation modelling, and interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Kuss, D.J.
Date: 2013
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:36
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 09:36
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/334

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