Reference : Swiss psychiatrists' beliefs and attitudes about internet addiction.
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Treatment & clinical psychology
Swiss psychiatrists' beliefs and attitudes about internet addiction.
Thorens, Gabriel [> >]
Khazaal, Yasser [> >]
Billieux, Joël mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)]
Van der Linden, Martial [> >]
Zullino, Daniele [> >]
The Psychiatric quarterly
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
United States
[en] Adult ; Attitude of Health Personnel ; Attitude to Computers ; Behavior, Addictive/psychology ; Cluster Analysis ; Female ; Humans ; Internet ; Male ; Psychiatry/statistics & numerical data ; Surveys and Questionnaires ; Switzerland
[en] AIMS: To investigate the beliefs and attitudes of Swiss general psychiatrists toward Internet addiction. METHODS: Ninety-fourth Swiss psychiatrists filled out a questionnaire at a conference of general psychiatry assessing their views on the concept of Internet addiction, their evaluation methods and treatment procedures they use. RESULTS: A cluster analysis revealed three groups: DISBELIEVERS (N = 20) rejected the concept of Internet addiction and its importance, not considering it a real clinical problem and consequently not considering the existence of a specific treatment. The NOSOLOGY BELIEVERS (N = 66) and NOSOLOGY/TREATMENT BELIEVERS (N = 8) assumed that Internet addiction is a real problem. While NOSOLOGY/TREATMENT BELIEVERS asserted the availability of effective treatment (mainly psychological), NOSOLOGY BELIEVERS were less affirmative regarding treatment. CONCLUSION: Thought the concept of Internet addiction is largely acknowledged as a clinical reality by Swiss psychiatrists, routine screening and treatment remain uncommon, mainly due to the belief that efficient treatment is still lacking.

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