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    A Dependência à Internet no Contexto Português: Mito, Ficção ou Realidade? [Internet Addiction in the Portuguese Context: Myth, Fiction or Reality?]

    Pontes, Halley and Griffiths, M.D. A Dependência à Internet no Contexto Português: Mito, Ficção ou Realidade? [Internet Addiction in the Portuguese Context: Myth, Fiction or Reality?]. In: IX Congresso Iberoamericano de Psicologia e 2º Congresso Da Ordem Dos Psicólogos Portugueses, 9-13 Sep 2014, Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Objectives: Despite being in its early infancy, research on behavioural addictions in Portugal is still sparse. More recently, a few empirical studies assessing Internet Addiction (IA) with Portuguese samples have emerged in the literature. Notwithstanding the generalised view of its practical and clinical relevance amongst practitioners and scholars, research on behavioural addictions in Portugal has yet to flourish. In light of this, the present study aimed to summarise the latest findings from two recently published empirical studies on IA using Portuguese samples. Methods: A total of 724 participants were recruited in the two studies, while Study 1 (N = 593) sought to validate psychometrically the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), Study 2 (N = 131) used the newly validated measure to characterise IA in the education setting. Results: Findings from Study 1 allowed the researchers to validate the IAT in the sample used. In addition, results from Study 2 helped to characterise IA in the education context. Conclusion: The main findings from both studies support the existence of IA in a minority of Portuguese Internet users, warranting further attention from health-related professionals and researchers. Further studies should investigate prevalence rates of these new addictions using nationally representative samples.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2021 14:02
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 14:02
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/44728

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