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Title: Internet addiction in Hong Kong adolescents : profiles and psychosocial correlates
Authors: Shek, DTL 
Yu, L 
Keywords: Assessment
Chinese adolescents
Hong Kong
Internet addiction
Internet addiction test
Positive youth development
Project P.A.T.H.S
Issue Date: May-2012
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Source: International journal on disability and human development, May 2012, v. 11, no. 2, p. 133-142 How to cite?
Journal: International journal on disability and human development 
Abstract: This study examined the prevalence of internet addition among Hong Kong adolescents and its psychosocial correlates in a large sample of early adolescents in Hong Kong. A total of 3328 students (age=12.59±0.74 years) were recruited from 28 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Using Young’s 10-item internet addiction test, 26.4% of the participants were classified as having internet addiction. Age and having divorced parents were positively correlated with pathological use of the internet, while higher academic competence, general positive youth development, and positive and clear identity predicted a lower probability of internet addiction. These results demonstrate that internet addiction has become an emergent youth problem in Hong Kong, which deserves more attention from researchers and professionals. Preventive strategies aiming at risk and protective factors identified in the present study should be developed and implemented.
ISSN: 2191-1231
EISSN: 2191-0367
DOI: 10.1515/ijdhd-2012-0023
Rights: © 2012 by Walter de Gruyter • Berlin • Boston. The final publication is available at, the open URL of the article:
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