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Personality Traits, Strategies for Coping with Stress and the Level of Internet Addiction—A Study of Polish Secondary-School Students

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Institute of Psychology, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Aleje Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
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Institute of Family Studies, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Aleje Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(5), 987; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15050987
Received: 27 February 2018 / Revised: 3 May 2018 / Accepted: 4 May 2018 / Published: 14 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Internet and Mobile Phone Addiction: Health and Educational Effects)
Among the many contributing factors in addictions there are also those describing the individual characteristics and ways of dealing with various life challenges. Despite numerous studies in this area, there is still no unambiguous data on the nature and specificity of this relationship in different age groups. The aim of the study was to assess the relationship between personality dimensions and strategies of coping with stress and the level of Internet addiction. The study was funded by the Ministry of Health under grant no. 93/HM/2015. The study was carried out in a group of 383 persons aged 15 to 19 (M = 16.6, SD = 0.77) attending secondary schools. The following research tools were used: Ten Item Personality Measure, Brief Cope and Internet Addiction Test. Both specific personality traits and styles of coping with stress are related to the addiction to the analysed medium. The personality traits most strongly associated with the risky Internet use were conscientiousness and emotional stability. An association was demonstrated between Internet addiction and the use of coping strategies, such as disengagement, substance use and self-blame. The results obtained demonstrate a major role of personality-related factors in the development of Internet addiction. The attitude to difficulties seems to be the key issue. The findings presented also make it possible to delineate the areas for improvement (e.g., through psychoeducational interventions) to protect young people from the risk of developing the addiction. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet addiction; coping strategies; personality traits; young people Internet addiction; coping strategies; personality traits; young people
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Chwaszcz, J.; Lelonek-Kuleta, B.; Wiechetek, M.; Niewiadomska, I.; Palacz-Chrisidis, A. Personality Traits, Strategies for Coping with Stress and the Level of Internet Addiction—A Study of Polish Secondary-School Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 987.

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