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Volume 8 |Article ID 491310 | https://doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2008.104

Daniel T. L. Shek, Vera M. Y. Tang, C. Y. Lo, "Internet Addiction in Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong: Assessment, Profiles, and Psychosocial Correlates", The Scientific World Journal, vol. 8, Article ID 491310, 12 pages, 2008. https://doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2008.104

Internet Addiction in Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong: Assessment, Profiles, and Psychosocial Correlates

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick
Received01 Jul 2008
Revised15 Jul 2008
Accepted17 Jul 2008

Abstract

Internet addiction behavior was examined in 6,121 Chinese primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong based on the assessment frameworks of Ivan Goldberg and Kimberly Young. Results showed that scales derived from both frameworks (CIA-Goldberg Scale and CIA-Young Scale) were internally consistent and evidence supporting their validity was found. Descriptive statistical analyses revealed that roughly one-fifth of the respondents could be classified as Internet addicted based on either scale. Further analyses showed that Internet-addicted and -nonaddicted respondents differed in their Internet use and related behavior. Logistic regression analyses showed that engagement in certain on-line activities (such as playing on-line games and downloading software) and replacement of pastimes activities (such as watching TV and going out with friends) with Internet activities predicted a higher probability of Internet addiction.


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