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International Journal on Disability and Human Development

Official journal of the the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

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Volume 11, Issue 2

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Internet addiction in Hong Kong adolescents: profiles and psychosocial correlates

Daniel T.L. Shek
  • Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China
  • Public Policy Research Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China
  • Deapartment of Social Work, East China Normal University, Shanghai, P.R. China
  • Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, P.R. China
  • Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA
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Abstract

This study examined 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 3328 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 the 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.

Keywords: assessment; Chinese adolescents; Hong Kong; internet addiction; internet addiction test; positive youth development; Project P.A.T.H.S

About the article

Corresponding author: Professor Daniel T.L. Shek, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, JP, Chair Professor of Applied Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Room HJ407, Core H, Hunghom, Hong Kong, P.R. China


Received: 2011-06-01

Accepted: 2011-08-06

Published in Print: 2012-05-01


Citation Information: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 11, Issue 2, Pages 133–142, ISSN (Online) 2191-0367, ISSN (Print) 2191-1231, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijdhd-2012-0023.

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