Dark personality traits and problematic smartphone use: the mediating role of fearful attachment

Balta, S., Jonason, P., Denes, A., Emirtekin, E., Tosuntaş, Ş.B., Kircaburun, K. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2019. Dark personality traits and problematic smartphone use: the mediating role of fearful attachment. Personality and Individual Differences, 149, pp. 214-219. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

Recently, empirical research has shown dark personality traits (i.e., Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism, sadism, spitefulness) to be associated with problematic and addictive online behaviors. However, their direct relationships with problematic smartphone use (PSU) have yet to be examined. The present study investigated the direct and indirect associations of dark personality traits with PSU via fearful and dismissing attachment styles among 546 participants. Results indicated that men had higher scores on measures assessing dark personality traits and women had higher PSU. Narcissism and spitefulness were directly associated with PSU in the total sample, men, and women. Machiavellianism was indirectly associated with PSU via fearful attachment among men and sadism was directly and indirectly associated with PSU via fearful attachment among women. Findings suggest that dark personality traits may play a contributory role in higher PSU (with different traits having different effects among men and women), and that attachment styles partially explain the relationship between dark traits and PSU.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Running head: Dark traits & problematic smartphone use
Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
Creators: Balta, S., Jonason, P., Denes, A., Emirtekin, E., Tosuntaş, Ş.B., Kircaburun, K. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Date: 15 October 2019
Volume: 149
ISSN: 0191-8869
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.paid.2019.06.005DOI
S0191886919303708Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 13 Jun 2019 09:36
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 09:46
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36753

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