The impact of early maladaptive schemas and temperament in internet addiction in young adults


1Psychologist, PhD candidate University of Athens, MSc Addiction/Addictology, email:

2Dr. of Clinical Psychologist, Laboratory Teaching Staff member, Dept. of Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, email:


Over the past years Internet Addiction has been established as a definition that explains a clinical disorder often required to be treated. Many findings in this research area, have led the American Psychiatry Association to include the diagnosis of Internet Addiction in DSM V. The aim of the present study is to discover the possible relations between Early maladaptive Schemas, Temperament and Internet Addiction. The Young’s Schema Questionnaire Short Form (“YSQ- S3”, Young J. E., 2003), the Temperament Questionnaire (Strelau) and the Internet Addiction Questionnaire (Φιλιππάκη, Τ-Ε. & Γιοβαζολιάς, Θ., 2015) were administered through the Google Form platform. The population of the study consists of 208 young students, between the age of 18 to 30 years old. The results of the study indicate that there is a statistically significant association between the Early Maladaptive Schemas, apart from the Schema of Self- Sacrifice, and Internet Addiction. These results may indicate that the formulation of schemas during early years can be a strong factor of the tendency to use internet. Furthermore, the results indicate that there is a statistically significant relationship between Internet Addiction and all the sub- scales of the Temperament Questionnaire (excitation form, suspension power and mobility of nervous processes). Finally, a positive correlation was found between gender, level of education, self- evaluation of health and Internet Addiction.


Key words: Internet addiction, Early maladaptive schemas, Τemperament.

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