Study addiction and 'dark' personality traits: a cross-sectional survey study among emerging adults

Kircaburun, K., Sural, İ., March, E., Balta, S., Emirtekin, E. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2021. Study addiction and 'dark' personality traits: a cross-sectional survey study among emerging adults. Journal of Addictive Diseases. ISSN 1055-0887

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Abstract

Background: Research has shown that personality traits can have an important role in the development and maintenance of behavioral addictions. However, the relationship between dark personality traits (i.e., Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism, sadism, spitefulness) and ‘study addiction’ has yet to be investigated.

Objectives: The purpose of the present study was to examine the associations of dark traits with study addiction among the total sample, males, and females separately, while adjusting for the Big Five personality traits (i.e., extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness).

Methods: A total of 716 university students completed an online survey, including questions assessing the aforementioned variables.

Results: Hierarchical regression analysis suggested that being female, neuroticism, conscientiousness, Machiavellianism, and sadism were positively associated with study addiction. However, dark personality traits (i.e., Machiavellianism, sadism) were significantly related to study addiction only in males but not in females.

Conclusions: Findings of this preliminary study suggest that dark personality traits may be better at explaining male addictive studying patterns and that gender should be taken into account when investigating the role of personality in the development of study addiction.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Addictive Diseases
Creators: Kircaburun, K., Sural, İ., March, E., Balta, S., Emirtekin, E. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 26 January 2021
ISSN: 1055-0887
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/10550887.2021.1872469DOI
1404528Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Feb 2021 15:14
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:07
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42160

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