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.
About the Editors xi
List of Contributors xiii
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
Chapter 5 Addiction to Online Role-Playing Games 73
Lukas Blinka and David Smahel
Chapter 6 Gambling Addiction on the Internet 91
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
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
Chapter 14 Systemic Dynamics with Adolescents Addicted to the Internet 245
Chapter 15 Closing Thoughts and Future Implications 267
Kimberly S. Young and Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu
Author Index 275
Subject Index 281
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.
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)