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Associations between child maltreatment, PTSD, and internet addiction among Taiwanese students

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This study examines (1) the associations between multiple types of child maltreatment and Internet addiction, and (2) the mediating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on these associations. We collected data from a national proportionately stratified random sample of 6233 fourth-grade students in Taiwan in 2014. We conducted bivariate correlations and sets of multiple regression analyses to examine the associations between multiple types of maltreatment (5 types in total) and Internet addiction, and to identify the mediating role of PTSD. The results reveal that being male and experiencing abuse (psychological neglect, physical neglect, paternal physical violence, sexual violence) were associated with increased risk among children of developing PTSD and Internet addiction. Moreover, PTSD mediated the associations between multiple types of maltreatment (except maternal physical violence) and Internet addiction. This study demonstrates (1) the effects of multiple types of maltreatment on the PTSD and Internet addiction of children and (2) the importance of early prevention and intervention in addressing related public-health concerns.

Acceptance Date Nov 26, 2015
Publication Date Dec 12, 2015
Journal Computers in Human Behavior#
Print ISSN 0747-5632
Publisher Elsevier
Pages 209 - 214
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2015.11.048
Keywords internet addiction; child maltreatment; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); neglect; violence
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2015.11.048

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