Few studies have addressed the issue of psychopathology and personality of individuals with problematic use of internet. In this study we research psychopathological symptoms, personality traits and predictive variables associated with problematic internet use. The study was conducted on a total of 343 students from four Italian Universities using Pathological Internet Use Scale, Big Five Questionnaire, and Symptom Check List 90 Revised. According to this study 52.7% of the sample shows a problematic internet use while only 7.6% don't suffer from any symptom. More than half of subjects admits to have got into arguments with a significant other over being online, and to have missed social engagements because of online activities. Subjects with problematic internet use scored higher in psychopathological scales. Low levels of Friendliness and Emotional Stability could predict the problematic use of internet. Problematic internet use may be associated with higher psychopathology levels and personality traits.

Psychopathology and personality in problematic internet users / Roma, Paolo; Ricci, Federica; Kotzalidis, Georgios D; Guidarelli, Benedetta; Pancheri, Corinna; Mazza, Cristina; Cinti, Maria Elena; Burla, Franco; Ferracuti, Stefano. - In: RIVISTA DI PSICHIATRIA. - ISSN 2038-2502. - 54:1(2019), pp. 24-30. [10.1708/3104.30937]

Psychopathology and personality in problematic internet users

Roma, Paolo
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GUIDARELLI, BENEDETTA;Pancheri, Corinna;Mazza, Cristina;Cinti, Maria Elena;Burla, Franco;Ferracuti, Stefano
2019

Abstract

Few studies have addressed the issue of psychopathology and personality of individuals with problematic use of internet. In this study we research psychopathological symptoms, personality traits and predictive variables associated with problematic internet use. The study was conducted on a total of 343 students from four Italian Universities using Pathological Internet Use Scale, Big Five Questionnaire, and Symptom Check List 90 Revised. According to this study 52.7% of the sample shows a problematic internet use while only 7.6% don't suffer from any symptom. More than half of subjects admits to have got into arguments with a significant other over being online, and to have missed social engagements because of online activities. Subjects with problematic internet use scored higher in psychopathological scales. Low levels of Friendliness and Emotional Stability could predict the problematic use of internet. Problematic internet use may be associated with higher psychopathology levels and personality traits.
2019
Problematic internet use, Big Five Questionnaire, personality, psychopathology, SCL-90-R
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Psychopathology and personality in problematic internet users / Roma, Paolo; Ricci, Federica; Kotzalidis, Georgios D; Guidarelli, Benedetta; Pancheri, Corinna; Mazza, Cristina; Cinti, Maria Elena; Burla, Franco; Ferracuti, Stefano. - In: RIVISTA DI PSICHIATRIA. - ISSN 2038-2502. - 54:1(2019), pp. 24-30. [10.1708/3104.30937]
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