Prevalence of Pathological Internet Use in a Representative German Sample of Adolescents: Results of a Latent Profile Analysis

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Publication Details

Author(s): Wartberg L, Kriston L, Kammerl R, Petersen KU, Thomasius R
Journal: Psychopathology
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 48
Pages range: 25-30
ISSN: 0254-4962
Language: English


Abstract



BACKGROUND:



Pathological internet use is of increasing significance in several industrial nations.



SAMPLING AND METHODS:



We surveyed a representative German quota sample of 1,723 adolescents (aged 14-17 years) and 1 caregiver each. We conducted a latent profile analysis to identify a high-risk group for pathological internet use.



RESULTS:



Overall, 3.2% of the sample formed a profile group with pathological internet use. In contrast to other published studies, the results of the latent profile analysis were verified not only by self-assessments of the youth's but also by external ratings of the caregivers. In addition to the pathological internet use, the high-risk group showed lower levels of family functioning and life satisfaction as well as more problems in family interactions.



CONCLUSIONS:



The results showed a considerable prevalence of pathological internet use in adolescents and emphasized the need for preventive and therapeutic approaches.



© 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.




 



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Kammerl, Rudolf Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Pädagogik mit dem Schwerpunkt Medienpädagogik
Wartberg, Lutz Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Pädagogik mit dem Schwerpunkt Medienpädagogik


How to cite

APA:
Wartberg, L., Kriston, L., Kammerl, R., Petersen, K.-U., & Thomasius, R. (2015). Prevalence of Pathological Internet Use in a Representative German Sample of Adolescents: Results of a Latent Profile Analysis. Psychopathology, 48, 25-30.

MLA:
Wartberg, Lutz, et al. "Prevalence of Pathological Internet Use in a Representative German Sample of Adolescents: Results of a Latent Profile Analysis." Psychopathology 48 (2015): 25-30.

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