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Problematic Internet Behaviors: Diagnostic and Treatment Implications for Clinicians 

Problematic Internet Behaviors: Diagnostic and Treatment Implications for Clinicians
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Problematic Internet Behaviors: Diagnostic and Treatment Implications for Clinicians
Author(s):

Liwei L. Hua

, Scott Yapo

, Amy Yule

, and Tristan Gorrindo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199945597.003.0013
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date: 16 June 2019

The pervasive use of social media and texting has greatly influenced child and adolescent development. Children and adolescents have an expanded ability to interact with the world and others around them. And while there are benefits to this new avenue of social, emotional, and moral exploration, the opportunity for developmental missteps with technology carries added risk for adolescents. Rating scales and clinical interviewing can be helpful in the evaluation of problematic internet behaviors and comorbid psychiatric conditions. Cyberbullying and sexting present unique challenges and are explored in depth. Psychoeducation, parental empowerment, treatment contracts, and motivational interviewing offer clinicians a range of tools in the treatment of problematic Internet behaviors.

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