The Relationship Between Personality, Defense Styles, Internet Addiction Disorder, and Psychopathology in College Students (2014)

Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2014 Sep 16.

Floros G1, Siomos K, Stogiannidou A, Giouzepas I, Garyfallos G.


Abstract The purpose of this study is to assess any underlying links between personality, defense styles, Internet addiction disorder (IAD), and psychopathology in a college student sample. This is a cross-sectional study of fourth-year Greek Medical students who responded in a comprehensive test battery, which included validated questionnaires on IAD, personality traits, patterns of psychological defense styles, and psychopathology symptoms. A path model that was tested using Partial Least Squares (PLS) methodology showed that the defense styles employed by the students and certain personality traits (Impulsivity, Sensation Seeking, Neuroticism/Anxiety, and Aggression-Hostility) contributed to the prediction of variability in IAD, with IAD in turn predicting variability in overt psychopathology.