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Cyberpsychol Behav. 2005 Feb;8(1):7-14.

Internet addiction: a review of current assessment techniques and potential assessment questions.

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  • 1Psychology Department, Marshall University, Huntington, WV 25755, USA.


The concept of Internet addiction has been proposed as an explanation for uncontrollable and damaging use of the Internet. Symptoms of excessive Internet use have been compared to the criteria used to diagnose other addictions such as pathological gambling. Although criteria to diagnose this problem have been proposed, methods of assessing excessive Internet use are limited. A structured interview based on the criteria proposed by Beard and Wolf is proposed to aid in the assessment of "Internet addiction." This, in turn, could aid in the diagnosis and intervention of a client who enters treatment reporting difficulties with excessive Internet use.

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