Interpersonal relationships, Coping Strategies and Internet Problematic Use: An Italian Study

Luca Milani, Paola Di Blasio

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Abstract

In a few years the Internet has become one of the most relevant means of socialization and entertainment for Italian adolescents. Studies have established a correlation between poor interpersonal relationship, poor cognitive coping strategies and Problematic Internet Use. The aim of the research was to study the characteristics and correlates of Problematic Internet Use in an Italian sample of adolescents. 98 Italian adolescents aged 14-19 were administered checklists assessing Problematic Internet Use, quality of interpersonal relationships, and cognitive-driven coping strategies. Of the participants, 36.7% are characterized by Problematic Internet Use. This subsample showed poorer interpersonal relationships and cognitive coping strategies compared to the non-problematic subsample. Overall quality of interpersonal relationships and cognitive coping strategies were found to be predictors of the level of Internet Problematic Use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Rewiew Of Cybertherapy and Cybermedicine 2009
EditorsGIUSEPPE RIVA, Brenda Wiederhold
Pages69-71
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • internet addiction
  • social relationships

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