Predicting Problematic Internet Use in Men and Women: The Contributions of Psychological Distress, Coping Style, and Body Esteem

@article{HetzelRiggin2011PredictingPI,
  title={Predicting Problematic Internet Use in Men and Women: The Contributions of Psychological Distress, Coping Style, and Body Esteem},
  author={Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin and Jacob R. Pritchard},
  journal={Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking},
  year={2011},
  volume={14 9},
  pages={519-25}
}
Problematic Internet use (PIU) is becoming a prevalent and serious problem among college students. Rates of PIU are higher in men, which may be due to psychological variables, such as comorbid psychological disorders and beliefs about one's body. We examined the ability of psychological distress, coping style, and body esteem to predict levels of PIU in men and women in a sample of 425 undergraduate students (46.8 percent male; mean age = 19.0, SD = 1.7). For men, phobic anxiety, wishful… CONTINUE READING

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