Adolescents, the Internet, and health: Issues of access and content

Dina L.G. Borzekowski, Vaughn I. Rickert

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As the Internet grows in popularity and importance, many have raised concerns over access and content, especially with regard to young people and health information. This paper begins with a brief discussion on Internet access issues. It follows with a section addressing Internet health content and provides a critique of three examples of current Internet health Web sites. Data are then presented from a preliminary survey on the Internet use of two distinct samples of New York City adolescents (N=319). It was found that adolescents of dissimilar socioeconomic and ethnic groups access and use the Internet, with a large percentage seeking health information. The paper concludes with recommendations for future health Web sites targeting adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-59
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Developmental Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2001


  • Access
  • Adolescents
  • Health
  • Information
  • Internet
  • Web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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