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.
Cyberpsychology and Behavior
Mary Ann Liebert Inc.
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Mitchell, K.J., Finkelhor, D., Becker-Blease, K.A. Classification of adults with problematic internet experiences: Linking internet and conventional problems from a clinical perspective. (2007) Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 10 (3), pp. 381-392.
© Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.