Introduction: Technology addictions are an important form of behavioral addiction because of their increasing frequency and their impact on the life of adolescents, including their social life, school performance, and intrafamily relationships. We reviewed the scientific literature on dysfunctional uses of technology among adolescents. Our analysis included the psychological features of communication technologies and their patterns of use in adolescence; the psychopathology linked to technological addictions; and general principles of treatment and outcome. Materials and methods: The addictive behaviors are examined within the framework of the changing needs and culture of adolescents, which render them increasingly prone to the dysfunctional or addictive use of technological tools. Discussion and conclusions: The rapid spread of communication and information technologies has a deep impact on the psychological, social, and relational development of adolescents, and in vulnerable individuals it can promote or aggravate dysfunctional behaviors. Mental health professionals, parents, and teachers should become more aware of the addictive power of information communication technologies and the risks related to their uncontrolled use. © 2010 Elsevier Srl. All rights reserved.

La Barbera D., Mulè A. (2010). Internet and technology addiction disorders in adolescence. QUADERNI ITALIANI DI PSICHIATRIA, 29(1), 3-8 [10.1016/j.quip.2010.04.003].

Internet and technology addiction disorders in adolescence

La Barbera D.;Mulè A.
2010-03-01

Abstract

Introduction: Technology addictions are an important form of behavioral addiction because of their increasing frequency and their impact on the life of adolescents, including their social life, school performance, and intrafamily relationships. We reviewed the scientific literature on dysfunctional uses of technology among adolescents. Our analysis included the psychological features of communication technologies and their patterns of use in adolescence; the psychopathology linked to technological addictions; and general principles of treatment and outcome. Materials and methods: The addictive behaviors are examined within the framework of the changing needs and culture of adolescents, which render them increasingly prone to the dysfunctional or addictive use of technological tools. Discussion and conclusions: The rapid spread of communication and information technologies has a deep impact on the psychological, social, and relational development of adolescents, and in vulnerable individuals it can promote or aggravate dysfunctional behaviors. Mental health professionals, parents, and teachers should become more aware of the addictive power of information communication technologies and the risks related to their uncontrolled use. © 2010 Elsevier Srl. All rights reserved.
Settore MED/25 - Psichiatria
La Barbera D., Mulè A. (2010). Internet and technology addiction disorders in adolescence. QUADERNI ITALIANI DI PSICHIATRIA, 29(1), 3-8 [10.1016/j.quip.2010.04.003].
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