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    Internet addiction and loneliness among Portuguese elementary school students: an exploratory quantitative study

    Patrão, I. and Rita, J. and Pontes, Halley (2013) Internet addiction and loneliness among Portuguese elementary school students: an exploratory quantitative study. In: Ist World Congress of Children and Youth Health Behaviors / 4th National Congress on Health Education, 23-25 May 2013, Viseu, Portugal.

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    Abstract

    Introduction: The internet has become an essential tool of the modern life. People use it to search for information and perform Ist World Congress of Children and Youth Health Behaviors / 4th National Congress on Health Education 161many other activities, although for a great majority of its users the primary purpose for going online is to connect with others is not without its problems, especially when its use becomes excessive leading people to increased levels of isolation and other psiquiatric comorbidities. Objectives: To assess the level of Internet Addiction among the students of a portuguese elementary school and to test the relationships between the sociodemographic variables and the measures of loneliness (social and emotional isolation). Methods: The study follows a quantitative methodology with a non-probability convenience sample of 400 students attending an elementary school in Lisbon. The present study includes a sociodemographic questionnaire, the Internet Addiction Test (Young, 1998) and The 6-item De Jong Gierveld Loneliness Scales (De Jong Gierveld & Tilburg, 2006). Results: As the present study is still being undertaken, we expect to give a general overview of the extent of Internet Addiction among our sample and to test the viability of the proposed hypothesis assessments that the authors aim to further investigate. Conclusions: The results will help us to enlight the scientific community to better understand the needs of the portuguese children in regard to their Internet usage habits, giving us further hints on which areas the information dissimination towards health and pedagogical practioneers and Internet users or caratakers shall be oriented.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2021 11:04
    Last Modified: 18 Jun 2021 11:04
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/44792

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