Internet addiction in adolescence period: its relations with identity style and ruminative exploration

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Anatolian Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN: 1302-6631, Vol: 15, Issue: 1, Page: 77-83

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Objective: Nowadays, internet has been main components of daily life. Internet provides a great support to our lives in terms of information, entertainment and communication. However, over use of the internet affects people's lives negatively. The main aim of this study is to investigate relations between internet addiction and identity styles and dimension of ruminative exploration. Methods: The research group consisted of 315 (165 female, 150 male) university students and their age are between 18-23 years old (mean=19.88±0.91). Internet Dependency Scale, Identity Style Inventory and Dimensions of Identity Development Scale were used to collect data. Results: It was found that 18.6% of participants have high scores in internet dependency. Results of this study revealed that normative style predicted internet addiction in negative way, avoidant style and dimension of ruminative exploration predicted internet addiction in positive way. Results of this study revealed that informational style did not significantly predict internet addiction. Discussion: The result of this study showed that it may be helpful to con-sider identity characteristics of adolescents when specialists worked with adolescents about internet addiction. It will be useful to determine whether adolescents use internet to avoid identity construction or to stuck exploration process in treatment process. Finally to support adolescents to make commitment may provide great contrubition in treatment process.