Internet addiction in Hong Kong adolescents: Profiles and psychosocial correlates

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This chapter examines the prevalence of Internet addition among Hong Kong adolescents and its psychosocial correlates in a large sample of early adolescents in Hong Kong. A total of 3,328 students (age = 12.59 ± 0.74 years) were recruited from 28 secondary schools in Hong Kong. Using Young’s 10-item Internet Addiction Test, 26.4% of the participants were classified as having Internet addiction. Age and having divorced parents were positively correlated with pathological use of Internet, while higher academic competence, general positive youth development, and positive and clear identity predicted a lower probability of Internet addiction. These results demonstrate that Internet addiction has become an emergent youth problem in Hong Kong, which deserves more attention from researchers and professionals. Preventive strategies aiming at risk and protective factors identified in the present study should be developed and implemented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdolescence and Behavior Issues in a Chinese Context
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781626186927
ISBN (Print)9781626186149
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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