Internet Addiction : A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-10-26
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Internet addiction is an emergent disorder in the psychiatric and psychological fields. This book provides a theoretical framework to understand how to define and conceptualize compulsive use of the Internet from a clinical perspective. With various theoretical models from the psychiatric, psychological, communication, and sociological fields, it explores the prevalence of the disorder and the most addictive or problematic online applications, such as online pornography, Internet gambling, and online games. Evidenced-based treatment approaches are provided as well. A must-have for every clinician.

Author Biography

Dr. Kimberly S. Young, PsyD, is the primary researcher to have brought clinical attention to the issue of problematic Internet use in 1996. She is also the author of Caught in the Net, the first book to address Internet addiction. Dr. Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu is the director of the Ambulatorio Integrado dos Transtornos do Impulso (Integrated Impluse Disorders Outpatient Unit) at the University of San Paulo.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
About the Editorsp. xi
List of Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Understanding Internet Behavior and Addiction
Prevalence Estimates and Etiologic Models of Internet Addictionp. 3
Clinical Assessment of Internet-Addicted Clientsp. 19
Online Social Interaction, Psychosocial Well-Being, and Problematic Internet Usep. 35
Uses and Gratifications of Internet Addictionp. 55
Addiction to Online Role-Playing Gamesp. 73
Gambling Addiction on the Internetp. 91
Cybersex Addiction and Compulsivityp. 113
Psychotherapy, Treatment, and Prevention
The Addictive Properties of Internet Usagep. 135
Psychotherapy for Internet Addictionp. 155
Working with Adolescents Addicted to the Internetp. 173
Internet Infidelity: A Real Problemp. 191
Twelve-Step Recovery in Inpatient Treatment for Internet Addictionp. 205
Toward the Prevention of Adolescent Internet Addictionp. 223
Systemic Dynamics with Adolescents Addicted to the Internetp. 245
Closing Thoughts and Future Implicationsp. 267
Author Indexp. 275
Subject Indexp. 281
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