Alexithymia and Its Relationships with Dissociative Experiences and Internet Addiction in a Nonclinical Sample

  • De Berardis D
  • D'Albenzio A
  • Gambi F
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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to evaluate alexithymia, dissociative experiences, and Internet addiction (IA) in a nonclinical sample of 312 undergraduate students, identifying predictive factors associated with the possible risk of developing IA. We found that alexithymics had more consistent dissociative experiences, lower self-esteem, and higher obsessive-compulsive symptoms than nonalexithymics. In addition, alexithymics reported a higher potential risk for IA when compared to nonalexithymics. Difficulty in identifying feelings, higher dissociative experiences, lower self-esteem, and higher impulse dysregulation were associated with higher IA. Thus, a combination of alexithymia, dissociative experiences, low self-esteem, and impulse dysregulation may be a risk factor for IA, at least in a nonclinical sample.

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Authors

  • Domenico De Berardis

  • Alessandro D'Albenzio

  • Francesco Gambi

  • Gianna Sepede

  • Alessandro Valchera

  • Chiara M. Conti

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