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Article: From Confucianism to Psychology: Rebooting Internet Addicts in China

TitleFrom Confucianism to Psychology: Rebooting Internet Addicts in China
Authors
Issue Date2019
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.apa.org/journals/hop.html
Citation
History of Psychology, 2019, Jul 29, Epub How to Cite?
AbstractCoined in the 1990s, the term “Internet addiction” encapsulates a brief but influential human history of technological advancement and psychological development. However, most studies have treated Internet addiction as a “global” concept in the realm of science without taking into consideration its sociocultural meanings and local history. In China, obsessive online gaming behavior among youth is viewed as a national issue of public health and social control. This article examines the special development of interventions to address Internet addiction in China within a broader local history of culturally inflected social control, market reform, the one-child policy, and psychology. Based on historical review and ethnographic data from a treatment center specializing in Internet addiction, this article presents a deep analysis of what Internet addiction means in Chinese lives. It argues that Internet addiction is, in fact, a cultural idiom of distress related to social control rather than a universal syndrome of self-control. It represents the dynamic interactions between Confucian family values and market reform, the one-child policy, and recent trends in psychology and technology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
DescriptionSpecial Issue: history of psychology and psychiatry in the global world
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/272529
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2020 Impact Factor: 1.029
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.530
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dc.contributor.authorRAO, Y-
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dc.date.available2019-07-20T10:44:01Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationHistory of Psychology, 2019, Jul 29, Epub-
dc.identifier.issn1093-4510-
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dc.descriptionSpecial Issue: history of psychology and psychiatry in the global world-
dc.description.abstractCoined in the 1990s, the term “Internet addiction” encapsulates a brief but influential human history of technological advancement and psychological development. However, most studies have treated Internet addiction as a “global” concept in the realm of science without taking into consideration its sociocultural meanings and local history. In China, obsessive online gaming behavior among youth is viewed as a national issue of public health and social control. This article examines the special development of interventions to address Internet addiction in China within a broader local history of culturally inflected social control, market reform, the one-child policy, and psychology. Based on historical review and ethnographic data from a treatment center specializing in Internet addiction, this article presents a deep analysis of what Internet addiction means in Chinese lives. It argues that Internet addiction is, in fact, a cultural idiom of distress related to social control rather than a universal syndrome of self-control. It represents the dynamic interactions between Confucian family values and market reform, the one-child policy, and recent trends in psychology and technology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherAmerican Psychological Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.apa.org/journals/hop.html-
dc.relation.ispartofHistory of Psychology-
dc.rightsHistory of Psychology. Copyright © American Psychological Association.-
dc.rightsThis article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.-
dc.titleFrom Confucianism to Psychology: Rebooting Internet Addicts in China-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1037/hop0000111-
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dc.identifier.volumeJul 29-
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