Traumatic experiences, alexithymia, and Internet addiction symptoms among late adolescents: A moderated mediation analysis

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Title
Traumatic experiences, alexithymia, and Internet addiction symptoms among late adolescents: A moderated mediation analysis
Journal
Addictive Behaviors
Author(s)
Schimmenti Adriano, Passanisi Alessia, Caretti Vincenzo, La Marca Luana, Granieri Antonella, Iacolino Calogero, Gervasi Alessia M., Maganuco Noemi R., Billieux Joël
ISSN
0306-4603
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2017
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
64
Pages
314-320
Language
english
Abstract
The association between traumatic experiences, alexithymia, and substance abuse is well established. Less is
known about the role of traumatic experiences and alexithymia in the onset and maintenance of Internetrelated
disorders. In the present study, self-report measures on traumatic experiences, alexithymia, and problematic
Internet use were administered to 358 high school students (57% females) aged 18–19 years old, to test
whether alexithymic traits mediated the relationship between traumatic experiences and Internet addiction
symptoms, and whether gender moderated the proposed mediation in the sample. While partial mediation
occurred in the entire sample, gender directly affected the relationship between the investigated constructs:
Internet addiction symptoms were independently related to traumatic experiences among males, and to
alexithymic traits among females. Therefore, the results of this study suggest that trauma memories among
males, and problems with affect regulation among females, may increase the risk of problematic Internet use
during late adolescence. Such findings might have relevant implications to inform any treatment plan for late
adolescent students who are overinvolved with online activities, pointing out that tailored approaches to their
problems and difficulties are particularly needed in clinical practice.
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European Commission
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