Attention deficit hyperactivity symptoms predict problematic mobile phone use

Panagiotidi, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0189-5873 and Overton, P 2020, 'Attention deficit hyperactivity symptoms predict problematic mobile phone use' , Current Psychology .

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Abstract

Attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed childhood disorder characterised by inattention, hyperactivity/impulsivity, or both. Some of the key traits of ADHD have previously been linked to addictive and problematic behaviours. The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between problematic mobile phone use, smartphone addiction risk and ADHD symptoms in an adult population. A sample of 273 healthy adult volunteers completed the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS), the Mobile Phone Problem Usage Scale (MPPUS), and the Smartphone Addiction Scale (SAS). A significant positive correlation was found between the ASRS and both scales. More specifically, inattention symptoms and age predicted smartphone addiction risk and problematic mobile phone use. Our results suggest that there is a positive relationship between ADHD traits and problematic mobile phone use. In particular, younger adults with higher level of inattention symptoms could be at higher risk of developing smartphone addiction. The implication of our findings for theoretical frameworks of problematic mobile phone use and clinical practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Current Psychology
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1046-1310
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Depositing User: M Panagiotidi
Date Deposited: 21 May 2020 12:32
Last Modified: 21 May 2020 12:32
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/57073

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