The Cyclic Value-Context Reinforcement Model of Problematic Internet Use: Empirical Validation Using a Thematic Analysis of Children's Counseling Data

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Background: Research on problematic internet use has focused on devising diagnostic criteria or describing the factors that influence internet overuse. However, a paradigm shift is necessary in studying the phenomenon of increased internet use not just from a pathological point of view but also from a developmental point of view that considers children's behavior of adapting to a technology-oriented society. Objective: In this paper, we propose the Cyclic Value-Context Reinforcement Model (CVCRM) to understand problematic internet use behavior. The purpose of our study was to construct a developmental process model that provides a holistic understanding of problematic internet use behavior of children and to empirically validate the proposed model by conducting a thematic analysis on actual counseling data. Methods: To validate the CVCRM, we conducted thematic analysis using the counseling data from 312 Korean children aged 7-18 years. For the coding process, 7 master's and doctoral student researchers participated as coders, and 2 professors supervised the coding process and results. Results: This project was funded from October 2015 to September 2019 to analyze counseling data from 312 children who participated in counseling sessions during January 2012 to May 2014. Based on the data analysis, we present the CVCRM, which integrates existing theoretical approaches and encompasses the 3 interacting aspects that induce and reinforce problematic internet use in children: psychosocial value, environmental context, and internet utility. Specifically, using counseling data, we empirically ascertained that problematic internet use behavior feeds into children's psychosocial values and environmental contexts, which in turn facilitates problematic internet use in a cyclical manner. Conclusions: Through this empirical validation, the CVCRM can provide a theoretical framework and an integrated perspective on the developmental mechanism of problematic internet use behavior of children.
Publisher
JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC
Issue Date
2020-07
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH, v.22, no.7, pp.e17996

ISSN
1438-8871
DOI
10.2196/17996
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/276998
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GCT-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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