Demand reduction approach for early adolescent internet addiction associated with psychological late effects of a central nervous tumor


Authors: Kenichiro Kobayashi, Michiko Inoue, Ri Syuji Kunimoto, Toshiro Maihara, Ikuya Usami, and Toshio Heike
Page Range: 231-235
Published in: International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, 16#3 (2023)
ISSN: 1939-5930

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We present a 13-year-old male who developed internet addiction (IA) associated with neurocognitive late effects of a central nervous tumor. Psychosocial factors such as lack of special education support, single father childcare burden, limited help-seeking behavior, and posttraumatic stress symptoms contributed to the progression of IA. We demonstrated that cultivating one’s psychosocial competencies with a multidisciplinary team support to reduce addictive behaviors, namely demand reduction approach, induced spontaneous resolution of IA. As biopsychosocial domains are interrelated with the progression of IA, we therefore would like to suggest that the implementation of holistic, family-centered, supportive interventions, rather than supply restriction, is necessary.

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