The Relatedness of attention deficit hyperactivity and conduct disorder symptoms to substance use and internet addiction: importance of negative life events

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2014
Meşeli Allard, Seda
The present study aimed to examine the differences in demographic variables (i.e., gender, age, class, parental education level, residence, income and parental smoking status) on childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), adult ADHD, conduct disorder (CD), nicotine dependence, internet addiction, psychopathology and current negative life events. Second, the study aimed to investigate the differences in ever using alcohol, cigarette and marijuana across lifetime, and the frequency of alcohol, cigarette and marijuana use in the previous 6 months on childhood ADHD, adult ADHD, CD, nicotine dependence, internet addiction, psychopathology and negative life events. The third aim of the study was to examine the relationships between all measures of the study. The forth aim was to determine the associated factors of psychopathology, internet addiction and nicotine dependence. Data was collected from 530 Turkish college students whose ages differ from 18 to 47 years old. The results revealed that there was an important effect of ADHD symptoms on substance use (i.e., alcohol, cigarette and marijuana) as well as on internet addiction, and CD symptoms on cigarette use. Moreover, CD symptoms were positively associated with nicotine dependency and internet addiction, even when the effect of ADHD symptoms was controlled. Additionally, results stated that high levels of ADHD and CD symptoms as well as current negative life events were associated with high levels of current psychopathology. The results also indicated that current negative life events were positively correlated with internet addiction and nicotine dependence, even after the effects of CD and ADHD symptoms were controlled.

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S. Meşeli Allard, “The Relatedness of attention deficit hyperactivity and conduct disorder symptoms to substance use and internet addiction: importance of negative life events,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.