Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment


Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

"This book provides cutting-edge coverage by expanding the field to include specific problems such as online gaming, cybersex addiction, and gambling addiction. Its extensive attention to dealing with adolescents is essential, given the rapid rise in media and technology use by both Net Generation young adults and iGeneration teenagers. I am thrilled to have this invaluable, comprehensive, well-written resource for my own work and recommend it to people who need to understand this unique form of addiction."
- Dr. Larry Rosen , Past Chair and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, author of Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn and Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation

"Our clients come to us when online pornography, video gaming, social networking, gambling, and surfing create untenable disruptions in their lives. If we do not understand what we are seeing and how to address it, we will not be able to provide the help they need. This book provides the practical information clinicians can use to assess and treat this growing problem."
- Hilarie Cash , PhD, coauthor of Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control, and cofounder of reSTART: Internet Addiction Recovery Program

" Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment provides an integrated and current overview of the different types of Internet addiction-gaming addiction, gambling addiction, and cybersex addiction. The authors deserve ample praise in providing such a comprehensive and informative guide for Internet addiction."
- Ran Tao , MD, Professor and Director, and Xiuqin Huang, MD, Associate Professor, Treatment Center for Internet Addiction, General Hospital of Beijing Military Region, China

The first empirically informed reference for defining, assessing, diagnosing, and treating problematic Internet use Comprehensive and timely, Internet Addiction explores:

  • Validated assessment tools to differentiate normal from compulsive patterns of computer and online usage

  • The most addictive or problematic online activities

  • Epidemiology and subtypes of Internet addiction such as online pornography, Internet gambling, and online gaming

  • Current theories on the risk factors associated with the development of an addictive disorder related to Internet usage

  • Evidence-based treatment strategies for helping clients of various ages, taking into account main presenting problems and individual situations and circumstances

International in scope and empirically based, the cultural and global impact of this subject is discussed, introducing practitioners to the latest clinical implications, assessment methods, and treatment approaches in working with clients suffering from this emerging addictive disorder.


Over the past decade, the concept of Internet addiction has grown in terms of its acceptance as a legitimate clinical disorder often requiring treatment (Young, 2007). Hospitals and clinics have emerged with outpatient treatment services for Internet addiction, addiction rehabilitation centers have admitted new cases of Internet addicts, and college campuses have started support groups to help students who are addicted. Most recently, the American Psychiatric Association has decided to include the diagnosis of Internet addiction in the Appendix in the DSM-V as further studies are conducted.

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment focuses on the current research in the field intended for academic and clinical audiences. The first study on Internet addiction occurred in 1996 by Dr. Kimberly Young when she presented her findings on 600 subjects who met a modified version of the DSM criteria for pathological gambling. The paper, “Internet Addiction: The Emergence of a New Disorder,” was presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference held in Toronto. While controversial at first, with academics debating the existence of the problem, since then empirical research on Internet addiction has grown substantially.

New studies across cultures and across academic disciplines have focused on understanding this new clinical and social phenomenon. New studies have furthered our understanding of Internet behavior and how adolescents and adults have come to use this new technology. New clinical studies have attempted to understand diagnosis, psychosocial risk factors, symptom management, and treatment of this new disorder. Internet addiction has been identified as a national problem not only in the United States but also in countries such as China, South Korea, and Taiwan, and government intervention has grown to battle Internet addiction and what has become a serious public health concern.

It is difficult to determine how widespread the problem is. One national study that originated from a team at the Impulse Control Disorders Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine estimated that one in eight Americans suffers from at least one indicator of problematic Internet use. In other countries such as China, South Korea, and Taiwan, media reports suggest that Internet addiction has reached epidemic proportions.

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