Internet Addiction: A Public Health Concern in Adolescence

Artemis Tsitsika, PhD (Editor)
Lecturer in Pediatrics, Head of the Adolescent Health Unit, 2nd Department of Pediatrics “P & A Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece

Mari Janikian, PhD (Editor)
Assistant Professor of Psychology, The American College of Greece, Deree College, Graduate Program in Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece

Donald E. Greydanus, MD (Editor)
Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Hatim A. Omar, MD (Editor)
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, (Editor)
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
BISAC: HEA046000

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The Internet has become an important channel for communication, source of information, education tool, entertainment hub and social network in the contemporary world. With the popular use of smart phones, people can connect to the internet at any place, at any time.

However, easy accessibility, anonymity, rich entertainment programs, and information explosion in the internet also attract young people to an extent that may adversely affect their physical health, psychological well-being, family life and academic performance. Although there is no agreed upon definition and assessment of “internet addiction”, there are research findings showing that problems or pathological use of the internet can lead to a wide range of personal, interpersonal, family and social problems. Hence, internet addiction is an emerging public health concern in different places in the world.

Overall speaking, this is a valuable piece of work which is very useful to pediatricians, health professionals and researchers in the field of Internet addiction. (Imprint: Nova)

Foreword

Introduction

Section One: Internet Addition

Chapter 1. Clinical Signs and Symptoms of Addictive Behaviors
(Terpsichori N. Korpa and Pinelopi V. Papadopoulou, ADHD/LD Unit, Department of Child Psychiatry, “P & A Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 2. Development of Internet Addictive Behaviors: Potential Pathophysiologic Mechanisms
(Joseph Calles, Ahsan Nazeer and Donald Greydanus, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI, USA)

Chapter 3. Pre-existing and Concomitant Psychiatric Disorders associated with Internet Addictive Behaviors
(Ahsan Nazeer, Donald Greydanus and Joseph Calles, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI, USA)

Chapter 4. Assessment of Internet Addictive Behavior
(Mari Janikian and Artemis Tsitsika, Adolescent Health Unit, 2nd Department of Pediatrics “P & A Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 5. Risks of Developing Internet Addictive Behaviors: Scope and Extent of Internet Sites Used
(Kai W. Müller, Klaus Wölfling and Michael Dreier, Outpatient Clinic for Behavioral Addictions, Mainz Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Mainz, Germany)

Chapter 6. Online Social Networking Use: Associations with Adolescent Well-Being and Internet Addictive Behaviors
(Eleni C. Tzavela and Foteini M. Mavromati, Adolescent Health Unit, 2nd Department of Pediatrics “P & A Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 7. Psychological Research and a Sociological Perspective on Problematic and Addictive Computer Game Use in Adolescents
(Michael Dreier, Klaus Wölfling and Kai W. Müller, Outpatient Clinic for Behavioral Addictions, Mainz Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Mainz, Germany)

Chapter 8. Real World High-risk Patterns associated with Internet Addictive Behaviors
(Efi Barlou and Artemis Tsitsika, Adolescent Health Unit, 2nd Department of Pediatrics “P & A Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 9. Internet Addiction, Media Use, and Difficulties associated with Sleeping in Adolescents
(Stephanie J. Stockburger and Hatim A. Omar, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA)

Chapter 10. Cyberbullying
(Amy L. Burnett, John A. Yozwiak and Hatim A. Omar, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA)

Chapter 11. The Impact of the Internet on the Sexual Health of Adolescents
(Julia Springate and Hatim A. Omar, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA)

Section Two: Management

Chapter 12. Management of internet Addictive Behaviors in Adolescents
(Gabriela Elena Chele, George Macarie and Cristinel Stefanescu, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr T Popa”, Iasi and Clinical Hospital of Psychiatry “Socola”, Iasi, Romania)

Chapter 13. Development of an Integrated Intervention Model for Internet Addiction in Hong Kong
(Daniel TL Shek and Hildie Leung, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. of China and others)

Section Three: Policy Issues

Chapter 14. European Public Health Policies and Interventions for Detecting and Deterring Internet Addictive Behaviors in Adolescents
(Artemis Tsitsika, Mari Janikian and Vasiliki Dimitrakopoulou, Adolescent Health Unit, 2nd Department of Pediatrics “P & A Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece)

Section Four: Acknowledgements

Chapter 15. About the Editors

Chapter 16. About the Adolescent Health Unit, 2nd Department of Pediatrics “P & A Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece

Chapter 17. About the Department of Pediatrics, Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Chapter 18. About the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Young Parents Program, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky, United States

Chapter 19. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Chapter 20. About the Book Series “Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health”

Section Five: Index

Index

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