College of Nursing, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The purpose was to examine gender differences between parental problem drinking (PPD) and early adolescents’ Internet addiction (IA).
DESIGN AND METHODS:
This was a cross-sectional, correlational design with 519 (266 boys and 253 girls) early adolescents.
PPD had a significant direct effect on IA in boys but not in girls. Significant indirect effects of PPD on IA were evidenced via anxiety-depression and aggression for boys and via family function and aggression for girls.
Findings suggest that tailored interventions for the prevention of IA should consider gender.