Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Outpatient Treatment of Internet Addiction in Children and Adolescents
Article first published online: 13 SEP 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 68, Issue 11, pages 1185–1195, November 2012
How to Cite
King, D. L., Delfabbro, P. H., Griffiths, M. D. and Gradisar, M. (2012), Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Outpatient Treatment of Internet Addiction in Children and Adolescents. J. Clin. Psychol., 68: 1185–1195. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21918
- Issue published online: 12 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 13 SEP 2012
- Internet addiction;
- cognitive-behavioral therapy;
Excessive and potentially addictive use of the Internet among children and adolescents has emerged as a major concern in recent times. Internet addiction is often conceptualized as an impulse control disorder, with features similar to pathological gambling. However, there remains considerable debate about the core components, etiological processes, course, and maintaining factors of the disorder. This article presents a case study of a 16-year-old male with generalized pathological Internet use. Critical issues relevant to case conceptualization, assessment, and choice of therapy are examined. Although the evidence base is limited in this emerging area of clinical psychology, we provide a summary of empirically supported cognitive-behavioral techniques for Internet addiction.