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Internet Addiction as an Important Predictor in Early Detection of Adolescent Drug Use ExperienceImplications for Research and Practice

Fisoun, Virginia MSc; Floros, Georgios MD; Siomos, Konstantinos PhD; Geroukalis, Dimitrios PhD; Navridis, Klimis PhD

Journal of Addiction Medicine: March 2012 - Volume 6 - Issue 1 - p 77–84
doi: 10.1097/ADM.0b013e318233d637
Original Research

We present results from a cross-sectional study of the entire adolescent student population aged 14 to 18 years of the island of Kos, on the correlates between personality, illicit chemical substance use, and Internet abuse. Results demonstrate that adolescents who have used illicit substances and are abusing the Internet as well appear to share some common personality characteristics, namely those that are classified under the label of “psychoticism” in the Eysenck's personality model. An increase in the severity of pathological Internet use has been linked to increased chances of having used an illicit substance. Taking into account any common personality attributes, Internet addiction can still be useful as a predictor variable for substance use experiences. Future research should attempt to verify any biological common factors between chemical substances use and Internet abuse. Targeting the adolescent population that engages in increased Internet use may be of benefit for drug abuse prevention programs.

From the Department of Psychiatry, ‘Evaggelismos' General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece (VF); 2nd Department of Psychiatry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece (GF); Hellenic Association for the Study of Internet Addiction Disorder, Larisa, Greece (KS); ‘Hippocrates' Center for Drug Abuse Prevention, Kos, Greece (DG); and Department of Psychology, School of Philosophy, University of Athens, Athens, Greece (KN).

Send correspondence and reprint requests to Georgios D. Floros, 2nd Department of Psychiatry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 196 Langada Str., 564 29 Thessaloniki, Greece. E-mail: georgefloros@gmail.com

Received January 10, 2011

Accepted August 21, 2011

© 2012 American Society of Addiction Medicine