Internet Addiction in Children and Adolescents

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Internet Addiction in Children and Adolescents

SKU# 9780826133724

Risk Factors, Assessment, and Treatment


  • Kimberly S. Young PsyD
  • Nabuco De Abreu Cristiano PhD


This is the first book to thoroughly examine how early and easy access to the Internet and digital technologies impacts children and adolescents. Experts in the field examine the research that shows the social, cognitive, developmental, and academic problems that can result when children spend excessive time in front of screens. As a whole, the book provides an invaluable resource for those who need to assess, treat, and prevent Internet addiction in children and adolescents.

Internet Addiction in Children and Adolescents:

  • Provides tools that help predict a child’s level of risk for media-related problems.
  • Examines how to diagnose and differentiate Internet addiction from other psychiatric conditions.
  • Explores evidence-based treatment approaches and how to distinguish pathology from normal development.
  • Shows how to create inpatient treatment programs and therapies to address media addiction.
  • Highlights the psychological, social, and family conditions for those most at risk.
  • Evaluates the effects of the excessive use of electronic games and the Internet on brain development.
  • Explores the physical risks that result from excessive media use and strategies for combating the problem.
  • Examines school-based initiatives that employ policies and procedures designed to increase awareness of excessive media use and help educators identify students who misuse technology, and that provide strategies of intervention and communication with parents.
  • Identifies signs of problem Internet behavior such as aggressive behavior, lying about screen use, and a preference for screen time over social interactions.
  • Outlines the risk factors for developing Internet addiction.
  • Provides strategies for treatment and prevention in family, school, and community settings.

Practitioners and researchers in psychology, social work, school counseling, child and family therapy, and nursing will appreciate this book’s thorough review of Internet addiction among children and adolescents. The book also serves as an engaging supplement in courses on media psychology, addiction counseling, abnormal psychology, school counseling, social issues, and more.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 28, 2017
  • Page Count 296
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826133724

About The Author(s) 

Dr. Kimberly S. Young is a licensed psychologist and an internationally known expert on Internet addiction. She founded the Center for Internet Addiction in 1995 and is a professor at St. Bonaventure University publishing numerous articles and books including Caught in the Net, the first to identify Internet addiction, Tangled in the Web, and more. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, Newsweek, Time, CNN, CBS News, Fox News, Good Morning America, and ABC’s World News Tonight. She serves on the advisory board for The Internet Group in Toronto and the Japanese Ministry for the prevention and treatment of Internet Addiction.

Dr. Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Minho in Portugal with a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Deptartment of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universidade of São Paulo. He coordinates the Internet Addicts Program of the Impulse Control Unit of the Institute of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo. The former president of the Brazilian Society of Cognitive Therapies and former vice-president of Latina America Society of Cognitive Therapies, Dr. Nabuco has published numeorous journal articles and ten books including, Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment, Clinical Handbook for Impulse Control Dosorders, and more.

Table of Contents 

    Part 1 Risk Factors and Impact
    Chapter 1: Problematic Interactive Media Use Among Children and Adolescents: Addiction, Compulsion, or Syndrome?
    Chapter 2: Smartphone Addiction in Children and Adolescents
    Chapter 3: Narcissism and Social Media Use by Children and Adolescents
    Chapter 4: Sexting and the @ Generation: Implications, Motivations, and Solutions
    Chapter 5: Internet and Gaming Addiction in Youth on the Autism Spectrum: A Particularly Vulnerable Population
    Chapter 6: Understanding the Cognitive Impact of Internet Addiction on Adolescents
    Chapter 7: Parental Mental Health and Internet Addiction in Adolescents
    Part 2 Prevention and Treatment
    Chapter 8: Assessment Issues with Internet-Addicted Children and Adolescents
    Chapter 9: Resilience and Preventative Parenting
    Chapter 10: Teen Drivers and Deadly Digital Distractions: Prevention and Policies
    Chapter 11: The IMPROVE tool: A Resource to Assist Families and Clinicians
    Chapter 12: Electronic Screen Syndrome: Prevention and Treatment
    Chapter 13: Family Therapy for Adolescent and Childhood Internet Gaming Addiction
    Chapter 14: Family, Integrated Treatment, Social Connection ~ Internet Addiction (FITSC-IA™): A Community-Based Approach to the Treatment of Adolescent Internet Addiction
    Chapter 15: Screen Smart Schools: Initiatives, Policies, and Methods for Maintaining Student Cyberhealth

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