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Elaborating on Internet addiction and cyberchondria – relationships, direct and mediated effects
Elaborating on Internet addiction and cyberchondria – relationships, direct and mediated effects

Author(s): Sonya Karabeliova, Eliza Ivanova
Subject(s): Psychology
Published by: Fundacja Pro Scientia Publica
Keywords: Internet addiction; cyberchondria; personality traits; well-being; mediation analysis

Summary/Abstract: The present paper focuses on the effects of personality traits on the levels of Internet addiction and cyberchondria and their consequent effects on well-being. For the purposes of the research, mediation analyses were carried out, clarifying the influence of personality traits on well-being mediated by Internet addiction, cyberchondria and anxiety aroused by online health information seeking. It was established that Neuroticism leads to decreased well-being through the mediating influence of health anxiety, escalation and persistence of health concerns. Health anxiety is a mediator in the relationship between Openness to Experience and well-being. It was established that low levels of Agreeableness and Conscientiousness, and high levels of Openness, and Neuroticism, influence Internet addiction, which in turn leads to decreased well-being. Furthermore, we established the mediated influence of Internet addiction on the tendency for cyberchondria and health anxiety through using the Internet for health information and judgment biases.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 127-144
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English