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Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2018 Oct;54(4):495-500. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12254. Epub 2018 Jan 31.

Influence of internet addiction on executive function and learning attention in Taiwanese school-aged children.

Author information

1
School of Nursing, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan.
2
Graduate Institute of Athletics and Coaching Science, National Taiwan Sport University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.
3
College of Nursing, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taipei, Taiwan.
4
Post-Baccalaureate Program in Nursing, College of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study aims to evaluate the executive function and learning attention in children with internet addiction (IA).

DESIGN AND METHODS:

Children aged 10-12 were screened by Chinese Internet Addiction Scale to compose the IA group and internet nonaddiction group. Their executive functions were evaluated by Stroop color and word test, Wisconsin card sorting test, and Wechsler digit span test. Learning attention was evaluated by Chinese concentration questionnaire.

FINDINGS:

Executive function and learning attention were lower in the IA group than in the internet nonaddiction group.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Executive function and learning attention are compromised by IA in children. Early interventions into the IA should be planned to maintain the normal development of executive function and learning attention in childhood.

KEYWORDS:

executive function; internet addiction; learning attention; school-aged children

PMID:
29384207
DOI:
10.1111/ppc.12254
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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