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. 2014 Nov 30;219(3):577-82.
doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.02.032. Epub 2014 Mar 3.

The Severity of Internet Addiction Risk and Its Relationship With the Severity of Borderline Personality Features, Childhood Traumas, Dissociative Experiences, Depression and Anxiety Symptoms Among Turkish University Students

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The Severity of Internet Addiction Risk and Its Relationship With the Severity of Borderline Personality Features, Childhood Traumas, Dissociative Experiences, Depression and Anxiety Symptoms Among Turkish University Students

Ercan Dalbudak et al. Psychiatry Res. .

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship of Internet addiction (IA) risk with the severity of borderline personality features, childhood traumas, dissociative experiences, depression and anxiety symptoms among Turkish university students. A total of 271 Turkish university students participated in this study. The students were assessed through the Internet Addiction Scale (IAS), the Borderline Personality Inventory (BPI), the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES), the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ-28), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI). The rates of students were 19.9% (n=54) in the high IA risk group, 38.7% (n=105) in the mild IA risk group and 41.3% (n=112) in the group without IA risk. Correlation analyses revealed that the severity of IA risk was related with BPI, DES, emotional abuse, CTQ-28, depression and anxiety scores. Univariate covariance analysis (ANCOVA) indicated that the severity of borderline personality features, emotional abuse, depression and anxiety symptoms were the predictors of IAS score, while gender had no effect on IAS score. Among childhood trauma types, emotional abuse seems to be the main predictor of IA risk severity. Borderline personality features predicted the severity of IA risk together with emotional abuse, depression and anxiety symptoms among Turkish university students.

Keywords: Anxiety; Borderline personality; Childhood trauma; Depression; Dissociation; Internet Addiction; University students.

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