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Swiss psychiatrists' beliefs and attitudes about internet addiction

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Published in Psychiatric Quarterly. 2009, vol. 80, no. 2, p. 117-123
Collection Open Access - Licence nationale Springer
Abstract 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.
Keywords Adult*Attitude of Health Personnel*Attitude to Computers*Behavior, Addictive/psychologyCluster AnalysisFemaleHumans*InternetMalePsychiatry/*statistics & numerical dataQuestionnairesSwitzerland
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PMID: 19326214
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THORENS, Gabriel et al. Swiss psychiatrists' beliefs and attitudes about internet addiction. In: Psychiatric Quarterly, 2009, vol. 80, n° 2, p. 117-123. doi: 10.1007/s11126-009-9098-2 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:20126

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