Classification of adults with problematic internet experiences: linking internet and conventional problems from a clinical perspective.

Academic Article

Abstract

  • This article utilizes data from clinical reports of 929 adults to examine whether various problematic Internet experiences are distinctly different from or extensions of conventional problems. A TwoStep Cluster Analysis identified three mutually exclusive groups of adults, those with (1) online relationship problems and victimization; (2) online and offline problems; and (3) marital discord. Results suggest some initial support for the idea that problematic Internet experiences are often extensions of experiences and behaviors that pre-date the Internet. However, the Internet may be introducing some qualitatively new dimensions-such as an increased severity, an increased frequency, or unique dynamics-that require new responses or interventions.
  • Authors

  • Lema, Kimberly
  • Mitchell, Kimberly J
  • Finkelhor, David
  • Becker-Blease, Kathryn A
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • June 2007
  • Keywords

  • Adult
  • Affect
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Conflict (Psychology)
  • Demography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Mental Disorders
  • Mental Health Services
  • Middle Aged
  • Role Playing
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 17594262
  • Start Page

  • 381
  • End Page

  • 392
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 3