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

Yi Ping Hsieh, April Chiung Tao Shen, Hsi Sheng Wei, Jui-Ying Feng, Soar Ching Yu Huang, Hsiao Lin Hwa

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-214
Number of pages6
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume56
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 1

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Child Abuse
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Internet
Students
Sex Offenses
Public health
Taiwan
Public Health
Regression Analysis
Mothers
World Wide Web
Taiwanese
Addiction
Maltreatment
Psychology
Violence
Physical
Physical Abuse
Neglect

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)

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Hsieh, Yi Ping ; Shen, April Chiung Tao ; Wei, Hsi Sheng ; Feng, Jui-Ying ; Huang, Soar Ching Yu ; Hwa, Hsiao Lin. / Associations between child maltreatment, PTSD, and internet addiction among Taiwanese students. In: Computers in Human Behavior. 2016 ; Vol. 56. pp. 209-214.
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