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Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

ISBN: 978-0-470-55116-5
312 pages
October 2010
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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.

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Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

About the Editors xi

List of Contributors xiii

Introduction xv

PART I UNDERSTANDING INTERNET BEHAVIOR AND ADDICTION

Chapter 1 Prevalence Estimates and Etiologic Models of Internet Addiction 3
Kimberly S. Young, Xiao Dong Yue, and Li Ying

Chapter 2 Clinical Assessment of Internet-Addicted Clients 19
Kimberly S. Young

Chapter 3 Online Social Interaction, PsychosocialWell-Being, and Problematic Internet Use 35
Scott E. Caplan and Andrew C. High

Chapter 4 Uses and Gratifications of Internet Addiction 55
Robert LaRose

Chapter 5 Addiction to Online Role-Playing Games 73
Lukas Blinka and David Smahel

Chapter 6 Gambling Addiction on the Internet 91
Mark Griffiths

Chapter 7 Cybersex Addiction and Compulsivity 113
David L. Delmonico and Elizabeth J. Griffin

PART II PSYCHOTHERAPY, TREATMENT, AND PREVENTION

Chapter 8 The Addictive Properties of Internet Usage 135
David Greenfield

Chapter 9 Psychotherapy for Internet Addiction 155
Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu and Dora Sampaio Goes

Chapter 10 Working with Adolescents Addicted to the Internet 173
Keith W. Beard

Chapter 11 Internet Infidelity: A Real Problem 191
Monica T. Whitty

Chapter 12 Twelve-Step Recovery in Inpatient Treatment for Internet Addiction 205
Shannon Chrismore, Ed Betzelberger, Libby Bier, and Tonya Camacho

Chapter 13 Toward the Prevention of Adolescent Internet Addiction 223
Jung-Hye Kwon

Chapter 14 Systemic Dynamics with Adolescents Addicted to the Internet 245
Franz Eidenbenz

Chapter 15 Closing Thoughts and Future Implications 267
Kimberly S. Young and Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu

Author Index 275

Subject Index 281

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Dr. Kimberly S. Young, PsyD, is the primary researcher to have brought clinical attention to the issue of problematic Internet use in 1996. She is also the author of Caught in the Net, the first book to address Internet addiction.

Dr. Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu is the director of the Ambulatório Integrado dos Transtornos do Impulso (Integrated Impulse Disorders Outpatient Unit) at the University of San Paulo.

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"…there is much to commend in this book because it presents an impressive range of current views of problematic Internet use and, in doing so, provides fascinating insight into human beings who, again and again, have been seduced by the siren call of new technologies that allow us to experience aspects of life in ways previously." (PsycCRITIQUES, May 2012)

"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 the treatment of 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

"This useful book pulls together the most recent research about Internet Addiction: what it is, how it develops and how it can be treated. Internet Addiction Disorder, a disorder being considered for inclusion in the DSM-V, is the newest and fastest growing addiction of the 21st century. Porn, video gaming, social networking, gambling, surfing: our clients come to us with these problems, and if we do not understand what we are seeing and how to address it, many clients may fail to get the help they need. This book provides enough practical information that clinicians will feel much better prepared to assess for and treat this growing problem.
Hilarie Cash, PhD, author of Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control (2008) and co-founder of reSTART: Internet Addiction Recovery Program (2009)

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