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Compr Psychiatry. 2009 Jul-Aug;50(4):378-84. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2007.05.019. Epub 2009 May 5.

Proposed diagnostic criteria and the screening and diagnosing tool of Internet addiction in college students.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Abstract

The aims of this study were to develop diagnostic criteria of Internet addiction for college students (DC-IA-C) with diagnostic interviews and to establish the optimal cutoff points of the Chen Internet Addiction Scale (CIAS) for the purposes of screening for and making the diagnosis of Internet addiction. A total of 216 college students (132 male and 84 female) were recruited in the study. The results demonstrated that 5/6 cutoff points of criteria A in DC-IA-C had the best diagnostic accuracy (95.9%). Besides, 63/64 and 67/68 cutoff points of the CIAS were evaluated to be the best screening and diagnostic cutoff points, respectively. The DC-IA-C can provide health care professionals with a means to diagnose and communicate about Internet addiction among college students, and the screening and diagnostic cutoff points of CIAS could provide a screening instrument or a discriminative instrument in surveys for Internet addiction among college students.

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