Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/62018
Title: Adolescent internet addiction in Hong Kong : prevalence, change, and correlates
Authors: Shek, DT 
Yu, L 
Keywords: Chinese adolescents
Hong Kong
Internet addiction
Longitudinal design
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology, 2016, v. 29, no. 1, p. S22-S30 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology 
Abstract: Study Objective Prevalence, change, and correlates of adolescent Internet addiction were examined in this study on the basis of six waves of longitudinal data collected over 6 years.
Design, Setting, Participants, Interventions, and Main Outcome Measures Over 6 years, students responded to a questionnaire containing measures of sociodemographic characteristics, positive youth development, family processes, and Internet addiction behavior.
Results The prevalence rates of Internet addiction in Hong Kong adolescents ranged from 17% to 26.8% during the high school years. Male students consistently showed a higher prevalence rate of Internet addiction and more Internet addictive behaviors than did female students. Longitudinal data suggested that although family economic disadvantage served as a risk factor for youth Internet addiction, the effects of family intactness and family functioning were not significant. Students' overall positive youth development and general positive youth development qualities were negatively related to Internet addictive behaviors and prosocial attributes had a positive relationship with youth Internet addiction.
Conclusion The results suggest that promotion of positive youth development is a promising direction for preventing Internet addiction in Hong Kong adolescents. Gender and family economic disadvantage must be considered in design of the related prevention programs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/62018
ISSN: 1083-3188
EISSN: 1873-4332
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpag.2015.10.005
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