Conceptualizing effective interventions for smartphone addiction among Korean female adolescents

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This study is the first of its kind to conceptualize effective interventions for smartphone addiction among female adolescents in South Korea using a mixed method concept-mapping approach. The participants were Korean female adolescents (N = 36) who had been referred to an Internet addiction treatment centers due to their smartphone addiction problems. Concept mapping was conducted to collect, organize, and interpret qualitative data using quantitative techniques such as hierarchical cluster analysis and multidimensional scaling. The study found five clusters of effective interventions: involuntary restriction, self-awareness and self-control, school restrictions, peer support, and professional services. This conceptual framework can be utilized in planning and developing interventions for female adolescents with smartphone addiction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
StatePublished - Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea ( NRF-2015S1A5A2A01009674 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier Ltd


  • Concept mapping
  • Intervention
  • Korean female adolescents
  • Smartphone addiction


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