J Behav Addict. 2017 Aug 29:1-8. doi: 10.1556/2006.6.2017.053.
To examine the relationship between borderline personality symptoms and Internet addiction as well as the mediating role of mental health problems between them.
A total of 500 college students from Taiwan were recruited and assessed for symptoms of Internet addiction using the Chen Internet Addiction Scale, borderline personality symptoms using the Taiwanese version of the Borderline Symptom List and mental health problems using four subscales from the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised Scale (interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety, and hostility). Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to test our hypothesis that borderline personality symptoms are associated with the severity of Internet addiction directly and also through the mediation of mental health problems.
SEM analysis revealed that all paths in the hypothesized model were significant, indicating that borderline personality symptoms were directly related to the severity of Internet addiction as well as indirectly related to the severity of Internet addiction by increasing the severity of mental health problems.
Borderline personality symptoms and mental health problems should be taken into consideration when designing intervention programs for Internet addiction.
Internet addiction; anxiety; borderline personality symptoms; depression; hostility; interpersonal sensitivity