Effects of an Integrated Internet Addiction Prevention Program on Elementary Students’ Self-regulation and Internet Addiction

J Korean Acad Nurs. 2015 Apr;45(2):251-61. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2015.45.2.251.

[Article in Korean]

Mun SY1, Lee BS2.



The purpose of this study was to develop an integrated internet addiction prevention program and test its effects on the self-regulation and internet addiction of elementary students who are at risk for internet addiction.


A quasi-experimental study with a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design was used. Participants were assigned to the experimental group (n=28) or control group (n=28). Contents of the program developed in this study included provision of information about internet addiction, interventions for empowerment and methods of behavioral modification. A pre-test and two post-tests were done to identify the effects of the program and their continuity. Effects were testified using Repeated measures ANOVA, simple effect analysis, and Time Contrast.


The self-regulation of the experimental group after the program was significantly higher than the control group. The score for internet addiction self-diagnosis and the internet use time in the experimental group were significantly lower than the control group.


The effects of the integrated internet addiction prevention program for preventing internet addiction in elementary students at risk for internet addiction were validated.


Addiction; Internet; Prevention; Self regulation