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ISRN Psychiatry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 961734, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/961734
Research Article

The Relationship of Affective Temperament and Emotional-Behavioral Difficulties to Internet Addiction in Turkish Teenagers

1Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ataturk University, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey
2Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ankara Children's Hospital, 06000 Ankara, Turkey
3Psychiatry Clinic, Bolu Izzet Baysal Mental Health Hospital, 14030 Bolu, Turkey

Received 5 February 2013; Accepted 10 March 2013

Academic Editors: W. Middleton and T. Shibre

Copyright © 2013 Fatma Ozgun Ozturk et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the association of affective temperament profiles and emotional and behavioural characteristics with Internet addiction among high school students. The study sample included 303 high school students. A sociodemographic characteristics data form, internet addiction scale (IAS), the strengths and difficulties questionnaire, and the temperament evaluation of Memphis, Pisa, Paris, and San Diego autoquestionnaire were used to collect data. Of the sample, 6.6% were found to be addicted to Internet. Having a computer in the home ( ) and using the Internet for more than two years ( ) were found to be related to higher scores on the IAS. The prevalence rate of anxious temperament for Internet addicts was more than that for nonaddicts ( ). Dysthymic ( ; ), cyclothymic ( ; ), hyperthymic ( ; ), irritable ( ; ), and anxious ( ; ) temperaments; conduct problems ( ; ), hyperactivity-inattention ( ; ), emotional symptoms ( ; ), and total difficulties ( ; ) were found to be correlated with IAS scores. According to these findings, there is a relation between the Internet addiction and affective temperament profiles, especially with anxious temperament. Furthermore, emotional and behavioural problems are more frequent in adolescents who have problematic Internet use.