Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/34674
Title: Internet addiction phenomenon in early adolescents in Hong Kong
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Yu, L 
Keywords: Chinese adolescents
Early adolescents
Hong Kong
Internet addiction
Longitudinal design
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
Source: International journal of child health and human development, 2013, v. 6, no. 1, p. 145-156 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of child health and human development
Abstract: The present study investigated the prevalence and demographic correlates of Internet addiction in Hong Kong adolescents as well as the change in related behavior at two time points over a one-year interval. Two waves of data were collected from a large sample of students (Wave 1: 3,328 students, age = 12.59 ± 0.74 years; Wave 2: 3,580 students, age = 13.50 ± 0.75 years) at 28 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Comparable to findings at Wave 1 (26.4%), 26.7% of the participants met the criterion of Internet addiction at Wave 2 as measured by Young’s 10-item Internet Addiction Test. The behavioral pattern of Internet addiction was basically stable over time. While the predictive effects of demographic variables including age, gender, family economic status, and immigration status were not significant, Internet addictive behaviors at Wave 1 significantly predicted similar behaviors at Wave 2. Students who met the criterion of Internet addiction at Wave 1 were 7.55 times more likely than other students to be classified as Internet addicts at Wave 2. These results suggest that early detection and intervention for Internet addiction should be carried out.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/34674
ISSN: 1939-5965
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