College Students and Problematic Internet Use: A Pilot Study Assessing Self-Appraisal and Independent Behavior Change.

TitreCollege Students and Problematic Internet Use: A Pilot Study Assessing Self-Appraisal and Independent Behavior Change.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMoreno, MA, Eickhoff, J, Zhao, Q, Surís, J-C
JournalThe Journal of adolescent health
Volume64
Issue1
Pagination131-133
Date Published01/2019
DOI10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.06.029
ISSN1879-1972
Mots-clésBehavior change, College students, Internet, Intervention, Longitudinal, Problematic internet use, screening
Abstract

PURPOSE: Problematic Internet Use (PIU) is a growing health concern; universal screening and validated interventions remain elusive. This pilot study's purpose was to assess participants' self-appraisal of PIU risk, and the subsequent frequency and outcome of behavior change after validated PIU screening.

METHODS: In this 3-year study, college student participants reported yearly self-appraised PIU risk, and then completed a problematic and risky internet use screening scale. At Time 3, participants reported behavior change based on Time 2 screening.

RESULTS: Our 283 participants were 57% female and 75% Caucasian. Participants' self-appraisal of PIU risk had a sensitivity of 23%-39%. Of 29 participants at risk at Time 2, six (20.6%) reported attempted behavior change at Time 3, though 83.3% remained at risk.

CONCLUSIONS: College students have varied capacity to assess and implement effective behavior change regarding PIU. The role of providers in identification and intervention for PIU remains critical.

Alternate URL

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30254007?dopt=Abstract

First publication date (online)

09/2018

WOS ID (UT)

000453714300020

Alternate JournalJ Adolesc Health
Citation Key / SERVAL ID9168
Peer reviewRefereed
PubMed ID30254007
Grant ListR01 DA031580 / DA / NIDA NIH HHS / United States

                         

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