Clinical interventions for technology-based problems: Excessive internet and video game use

Daniel L. King, Paul H. Delfabbro, Mark D. Griffiths

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Psychological problems arising from excessive use of digital technologies, particularly in relation to the Internet and video games, are of growing clinical concern. Although there is no consensus whether technology-based problems constitute primary psychopathologies that should be recognized as clinical disorders, a significant number of problem users have used clinical treatment services. Thereis therefore a growing need for the mental health community to be aware of available clinical treatments for technology-based problem behaviors and the efficacy of these treatments. This article presents an overview of the prevalence of technology-based problems in Eastern and Western countries and theknown cognitive-behavioral dimensions of problematic technology use. We also consider issues related to the assessment of technologybased problems, and critically review clinical treatments for technology-based problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-56
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Addiction
  • Internet
  • Technology
  • Video game


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