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Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation andTreatment

"This book provides cutting-edge coverage by expanding the fieldto include specific problems such as online gaming, cybersexaddiction, and gambling addiction. Its extensive attention todealing with adolescents is essential, given the rapid rise inmedia and technology use by both Net Generation young adults andiGeneration teenagers. I am thrilled to have this invaluable,comprehensive, well-written resource for my own work and recommendit to people who need to understand this unique form ofaddiction."
Dr. Larry Rosen, Past Chair and Professor ofPsychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, authorof Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way TheyLearn and Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the NetGeneration

"Our clients come to us when online pornography, video gaming,social networking, gambling, and surfing create untenabledisruptions in their lives. If we do not understand what we areseeing and how to address it, we will not be able to provide thehelp they need. This book provides the practical informationclinicians can use to assess and treat this growing problem."
Hilarie Cash, PhD, coauthor of Video Games and YourKids: How Parents Stay in Control, and cofounder of reSTART:Internet Addiction Recovery Program

"Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation andTreatment provides an integrated and current overview of thedifferent types of Internet addiction-gaming addiction, gamblingaddiction, and cybersex addiction. The authors deserve ample praisein providing such a comprehensive and informative guide forInternet addiction."
Ran Tao, MD, Professor and Director, and XiuqinHuang, MD, Associate Professor, Treatment Center for InternetAddiction, General Hospital of Beijing Military Region, China

The first empirically informed reference for defining,assessing, diagnosing, and treating problematic Internet useComprehensive and timely, Internet Addiction explores:

  • Validated assessment tools to differentiate normal fromcompulsive patterns of computer and online usage

  • The most addictive or problematic online activities

  • Epidemiology and subtypes of Internet addiction such as onlinepornography, Internet gambling, and online gaming

  • Current theories on the risk factors associated with thedevelopment of an addictive disorder related to Internet usage

  • Evidence-based treatment strategies for helping clients ofvarious ages, taking into account main presenting problems andindividual situations and circumstances

International in scope and empirically based, the cultural andglobal impact of this subject is discussed, introducingpractitioners to the latest clinical implications, assessmentmethods, and treatment approaches in working with clients sufferingfrom this emerging addictive disorder.

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