Internet addiction disorder o internet related psychopathology?

Translated title of the contribution: Internet addiction disorder or internet related psychopathology?

Alessandro Musetti, Roberto Cattivelli, Pablo Zuglian, Grazia Terrone, Stefano Pozzoli, Francesca Capelli, Gianluca Castelnuovo

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In this paper we present the state of the art of the Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) and some alternative theoretical models critical with the category of Internet addiction. The review of the literature shows that IAD is an umbrella concept, and that there is not a common definition. In our society in which a great deal of activity is carried out online, it is not useful to talk about a generic Internet addiction. In this paper we show the theoretical and methodological issues of IAD construct that induced some researchers to shift the focus to specific psychopathology related to the Internet. New systematic studies on specific activities about dysfunctional conducted online are necessary. Prevention and treatment strategies should lean towards more functional navigation styles rather than to a general reduction of Internet use.

Translated title of the contributionInternet addiction disorder or internet related psychopathology?
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)359-382
Number of pages24
JournalGiornale Italiano di Psicologia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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