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Internet Addiction

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Abstract:

Problematic Internet usage is currently leading to workplace reprimands and employee termination, and has also been used as a defence to criminal charges in the United States. This article discusses the concept of Internet addiction. There have been attempts to medicalise this putative behavioural addiction drawing from DSM-IVTR criteria for substance abuse and pathological gambling. The grounds for this position and its legal and clinical implications are outlined.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1375/1321871042707331

Affiliations: Monash University, Australia and Forensicare

Publication date: December 1, 2004

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