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Int J Nurs Stud. 2006 Feb;43(2):185-92.

Internet addiction in Korean adolescents and its relation to depression and suicidal ideation: a questionnaire survey.

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Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, 221, Heuksuk-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 156-756, Republic of Korea.


This study examined the relationship of Internet addiction to depression and suicidal ideation in Korean adolescents. The participants were 1573 high-school students living in a city who completed the self-reported measures of the Internet Addiction Scale, the Korean version of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children-Major Depression Disorder-Simple Questionnaire, and the Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire-Junior. A correlational survey design was employed. Among the samples, 1.6% was diagnosed as Internet addicts, while 38.0% was classified as possible Internet addicts. The prevalence of Internet addiction did not vary with gender. The levels of depression and suicide ideation were highest in the Internet-addicts group. Future studies should investigate the direct relationship between psychological health problems and Internet dependency.

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