The effect of a family-based intervention model on Internet-addicted Chinese adolescents

Xin Zhong1, Si Zu1, Sha Sha1, Ran Tao1, Chongsi Zhao1, Fengchi Yang1, Mei Li2, Peng Sha3
1Capital Medical University, People’s Republic of China
2Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, People’s Republic of China
3University of Bonn, Germany
Cite this article:  Zhong, X., Zu, S., Sha, S., Tao, R., Zhao, C., Yang, F., Li, M., & Sha, P. (2011). The effect of a family-based intervention model on Internet-addicted Chinese adolescents. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 39(8), 1021-1034.

Volume 39 Issue 8 | e2189 | Published: September 2011 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2011.39.8.1021

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We aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a family-based intervention program for Internet addiction in Chinese adolescents. Adolescents (N = 57), diagnosed as having Internet addiction, were divided randomly into an intervention group (n = 28) and a control group (n = 29). Participants in the intervention group participated in a 14-session family-based group intervention while participants in the control group received conventional group therapy only. Assessment tools were administered to both groups at baseline, immediately after the intervention, and at 1-month and 3-month follow-ups. Results indicted that the family-based group intervention is more effective in decreasing Internet use and enhancing family function.

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