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Profiles of Problematic Internet Use and Its Impact on Adolescents’ Health-Related Quality of Life

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Faculty of Psychology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
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Faculty of Education, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR), 26006 Logrono, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(20), 3877; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203877
Received: 2 September 2019 / Revised: 10 October 2019 / Accepted: 11 October 2019 / Published: 13 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Internet-Related Addictions and Health)
The internet has been a breakthrough for adolescents in many ways, but its use can also become dysfunctional and problematic, leading to consequences for personal well-being. The main objective is to analyze profiles related to problematic internet use and its relationship with health-related quality of life (HRQoL). An analytical and cross-sectional study was carried out in a region of northern Spain. The sample comprised 12,285 participants. Sampling was random and representative. Mean age and standard deviation was 14.69 ± 1.73 (11–18 years). The Spanish versions of the Problematic and Generalized Internet Use Scale (GPIUS2) and of the Health-Related Quality of Life (KIDSCREEN-27) were used. Four profiles were detected (non-problematic use, mood regulator, problematic internet use, and severe problematic use). The prevalence of these last two profiles was 18.5% and 4.9%, respectively. Problematic internet use correlated negatively and significantly with HRQoL. The severe problematic use profile presented a significant decrease in all dimensions of HRQoL. Analyses were carried out to extract a cut-off point for GPIUS2 (52 points). The results and practical implications are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: problematic internet use; health-related quality of life; adolescent; cut-off point; internet addiction problematic internet use; health-related quality of life; adolescent; cut-off point; internet addiction
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Machimbarrena, J.M.; González-Cabrera, J.; Ortega-Barón, J.; Beranuy-Fargues, M.; Álvarez-Bardón, A.; Tejero, B. Profiles of Problematic Internet Use and Its Impact on Adolescents’ Health-Related Quality of Life. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3877. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203877

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Machimbarrena JM, González-Cabrera J, Ortega-Barón J, Beranuy-Fargues M, Álvarez-Bardón A, Tejero B. Profiles of Problematic Internet Use and Its Impact on Adolescents’ Health-Related Quality of Life. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(20):3877. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203877

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Machimbarrena, Juan M., Joaquín González-Cabrera, Jéssica Ortega-Barón, Marta Beranuy-Fargues, Aitor Álvarez-Bardón, and Blanca Tejero. 2019. "Profiles of Problematic Internet Use and Its Impact on Adolescents’ Health-Related Quality of Life" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 20: 3877. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16203877

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