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Problematic Internet Use in Children and Adolescents

Associations with Psychiatric Disorders and Impairments

About the Course

Problematic internet use (PIU) is a topic of increasing concern among psychologists and other mental health providers. Previous research studies have established links between PIU and both internalizing and externalizing problems. The study described in this article/course was conducted in order to increase understanding of psychiatric diagnostic profiles associated with the issue of problematic internet use, as well as its unique contributions to impairment. This study utilized the resources of the large-scale Child Mind Institute Healthy Brain Network, a transdiagnostic self-referred, community sample of children and adolescents (ages 5–21), in order to examine the associations between PIU and psychopathology, general impairment, physical health, and sleep disturbances. This course will discuss the background and previous research regarding the issue of problematic internet use, the results and implications of the current study, limitations of the current study, and recommendations for future research.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Problematic Internet Use in Children and Adolescents created by Anita Restrepo et al. in 2020.

Publication Date:

 BMC Psychiatry 20, 252 May 2020

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Anita Restrepo

Anita Restrepo is a doctoral student in the Integrative Neuroscience program at the University of Chicago. Anita completed her bachelors in Neuroscience and Psychology at Duke University in 2016 and went on to spend three years in New York City as a research assistant for the Child Mind Institute's Healthy Brain Network. She recently completed the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) at the University of Chicago. For more information, please visit

Tohar Scheininger

Tohar Scheininger is affiliated with the Healthy Brain Network, Child Mind Institute, New York, NY, USA.

Jon Clucas

Jon Clucas is an associate software developer in the Computational Neuroimaging Lab at the Child Mind Institute. The primary responsibility of this position is to assist in the development software to automate the preprocessing and analysis of very large-scale neuroimaging datasets. An overview of his prior work in the MATTER Lab can be accessed at

Course Creator

Anna Lynn Hollis, Ph.D., School Psychologist
Anna Hollis, Ph.D., NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist currently living near Detroit, Michigan. She is licensed as a psychologist in 2 states (Michigan and South Carolina) and certified as a school psychologist in in 5 states (South Carolina, Michigan, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maryland). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP); the Michigan Association of School Psychologists (MASP); and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). Dr. Hollis obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her professional interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Positive Psychology; Trauma-Informed Practice; and Urban School Psychology.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize the definition of problematic internet use (PIU) based on a consensus of experts.
  2. Identify the prevalence estimate for PIU.
  3. Describe the background research regarding PIU and its associations with various disorders and impairments in various life domains.
  4. Discuss the results of the current study and compare the current results with previous research and theories.
  5. Describe the limitations of the current study and the recommendations for future research.

Disclosure to Learners

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103213
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