Giulia Fioravanti

Giulia Fioravanti
University of Florence | UNIFI · Dipartimento di Scienze della Salute

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Giulia Fioravanti currently works at the Dipartimento di Scienze della Salute, University of Florence. Giulia does research in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology. Their most recent publication is 'Exploring the role of positive metacognitions in explaining the association between the fear of missing out and social media addiction'.

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Sharing and viewing photos on Social Networking Sites (SNSs) have been identified as particularly problematic for body image. Although correlational research to date has established that SNS use is associated with increased body dissatisfaction, only experimental studies can enhance confidence in the conclusions drawn. For this reason, this systema...
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Within the Compensatory Internet Use Theory (CIUT) framework, online activities may compensate for psychosocial problems. However, those who attempt to satisfy their needs or mitigate their fears via SNSs may be at heightened risk for problematic use of SNSs (PSNSU), especially in cases when these fears have an interpersonal base, and the individua...
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The present study introduces a new construct potentially associated with problematic smartphone use, i.e., the Fear of not being up to date (FoBU), and tests two serial mediation models, in which it was hypothesised that: (i) metacognitions and social smartphone use would be serial mediators of the relationship between the fear of missing out (FoMO...
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The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting societal restrictions have had negative implications for mental health in the general population. The aims of the present longitudinal study were (i) to investigate changes in psychopathological symptoms and psychological well-being in a sample of Italian individuals surveyed at different points of the pandem...
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The Female Sexual Subjectivity Inventory (FSSI) is a 20-item self-report measure to assess whether women feel entitled to express and satisfy their sexual needs. Despite the relevance of sexual subjectivity for female sexual wellbeing, the FSSI has not yet received scientific attention in Italy. For this reason, the purpose of the present study was...
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The literature suggests that alexithymia and emptiness could be risk factors for various addictive behaviors. The present study developed and tested a model that proposes a pathway leading from emptiness and difficulties in identifying emotions to Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) symptoms via an intense gamer-avatar relationship and bodily dissociati...
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Background and aim of the work: The aim of the current study was to explore under-considered psychosocial needs for lymphoma cancer group. A model of the role of psychosocial factors and Stressful Life Events was operationalized. Method: We used Discriminant Analysis to test predictive power of the model. 103 oncological patients (gender: 42.7 %...
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Addictive behaviors have traditionally been associated with low self-esteem, and Problematic Smartphone Use (PSU) has recently received increasing scientific attention as a potential behavioral addiction. The present meta-analysis aims to examine the strength of the relationship between PSU symptoms and global self-esteem. A keyword-based systemati...
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The Psycho-Social Aspects of Facebook Use (PSAFU) scale was developed by Bodroža and Jovanović (2016) to comprehensively measure psychological and social aspects of the users’ Facebook (FB) experiences i.e. compensatory use of FB, self-presentation on FB, socializing, and seeking sexual partners through FB, FB addiction, and FB profile as the virtu...
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This study aims to investigate whether Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) and bodily dissociation vary depending on the most frequently used game genre. Seven hundred and fifteen highly engaged online players (71.5% men; mean age 29.75 ± 7.48 years) recruited in player communities completed a survey that assessed game genre, bodily dissociative experie...
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Purpose Emotional eating is a trans-diagnostic dimension in eating disorders and is present in many other conditions that could affect eating attitudes. At present, there is no instrument that measures emotional eating evaluating both the intensity and the frequency of emotion-induced desire to eat. The aim of the study was the validation of the Fl...
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Building upon previous research that has already established a negative association between gender scripts' endorsement and female sexual functioning, the present study tested a model that explains how gender scripts' endorsement may affect female sexual functioning through perceived sexual pressure, compliance with unwanted sex, and sexual subject...
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Objective: Evaluating gender differences in resilience, depression, and anxiety levels in patients suffering from lymphoma and exploring possible association between constructs. Method: The study enrolled a consecutive series of 110 patients suffering from lymphoma compared with 140 controls matched for age, gender, and education. Several validate...
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BACKGROUND AND AIM: Several research have documented mental health issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of a group of people living in Italy. A longitudinal design was implemented in order to identify any variations on mental health outcomes...
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The current study focused on the associations that feelings of not mattering have with life satisfaction, stress, and distress among students trying to cope with the uncertain and novel circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. A sample of 350 Italian college students completed measures that included the General Mattering Scale and the...
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Background and aims: In the current study we have sought to clarify the contribution of metacognitions concerning smartphone use relative to smartphone use expectancies in the relationship between well-established predisposing psychological factors and problematic smartphone use (PSU). We tested a model where psychological distress, impulsivity, a...
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Background: Problematic social media use (PSMU) has received growing attention in the last fifteen years. Even though PSMU has been extensively studied, its internal structure is not fully understood. We used network analysis to evaluate which symptoms and associations between symptoms are most central to PSMU - as assessed by the Generalized Prob...
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The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of daily exposure to body-positive and fitspiration Instagram posts on young women’s mood, body satisfaction, and appearance comparison tendency. One hundred and twenty-two young Italian women (Mage = 22.29 ± 2.26 years) were randomly assigned to three different conditions of daily exposure...
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This study experimentally investigated the effects of a multiple exposure to appearance-focused real Instagram profile images on body image among both genders. Experimental group participants were 54 young non-Instagram users (F = 50%) who were assigned to view a set of appearance-focused real Instagram profiles for a one-week period and were compa...
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The present study looks at how exposure to Instagram #fitspiration images affects self-rated sexual attractiveness among women. An experimental pre-test/post-test control group design was implemented. 442 female undergraduate students (mean age of 22.06 ± 2.15 years) were randomly exposed to either fitspiration (N = 233) or travel Instagram images...
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The aim of the current meta-analysis is to summarize findings on the relationship between FoMO levels and (i) social networking sites use and (ii) problematic social networking sites use (i.e., PSNSU). Furthermore, we meta-analyzed results on the associations between FoMO and some individual characteristics. The sample included 33 independent sampl...
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Background and aim of the work: Psychosocial needs in cancer patients seem to be underestimated and undertreated. The present research was designed to explore under-considered psychosocial needs (e.g., stressful life events, perceived social support, sense of mastery and depressive/anxious symptoms) of a female cancer group. The aim of the study w...
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The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale (BFAS) is widely used, but psychometric evidence by applying Item Response Theory (IRT) is lacking. Considering the advantages of this psychometric approach, we investigated the psychometric properties of the Italian version of the BFAS among adolescents and young adults. Participants were 1134 (50% males, Mage =...
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The present study sought to evaluate the predictive role of FoMO on PSNSU during the COVID-19 pandemic, testing the mediating effect of online relational closeness and online communication attitude. A total of 487 Italian adults (59.3% women), aged between 18 and 70 years (mean age = 29.85 years; SD = 9.76), responded to an online survey during the...
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Body appreciation is considered a key dimension of positive body image. Tylka and Wood-Barcalow (2015) developed the Body Appreciation Scale-2 (BAS-2), a psychometrically sound measure to assess body appreciation. The present study examines various psychometric properties (i.e. factor structure, sex-based measurement invariance, and construct valid...
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The Persian MSUQ demonstrates good psychometric properties  A three-factor structure for the Persian MSUQ was identified  Good internal consistency, 6-week test-retest reliability, and predictive validity were identified  Positive and negative metacognitions of smartphone use predicted problematic smartphone use Abstract Research has shown that...
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Background and Aims Recent research has suggested that metacognitions may play a role across the spectrum of addictive behaviours, including problematic use of technological devices. Metacognitions associated with problematic Smartphone use (PSU) have been scarcely investigated and measures to assess these beliefs are not yet available. The goal of...
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Fear of missing out (FoMO) has been linked to problematic social media use and negative health outcomes among adolescents and emerging adults. The 10-item Fear of Missing Out Scale (FoMO) is the most used instrument to measure FoMO levels and, for this reason, it seems relevant to evaluate its psychometric properties across various cultures. In Stu...
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The aim of the present study was to investigate sexuality in a sample of gay fathers and lesbian mothers with children from previous heterosexual relationships. In particular, we compared their sexual functioning in their respective homosexual and heterosexual relationships and explored possible related factors. Thirty-two self-identified lesbian w...
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Introduction The current study investigates the effects of perfectionism discrepancies (PD) and social hopelessness (SH) on problematic social media use as conceptualized by the cognitive-behavioral model. Methods: A sample of 400 university students (52.3% women; mean age = 22.01 ± 1.99) completed measures assessing PD, SH, and problematic social...
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The present study created and validated a questionnaire to measure active and passive Facebook use, and evaluated its association to Facebook addiction. Two samples of undergraduate students (N=533, M±SD= 22.73±2.77 years old, 51.1% females; and N=222, M±SD= 22.45±2.83 years old, 49.5% females, respectively) were recruited. The Active and Passive U...
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Objectives The present study created and validated a questionnaire to measure active and passive Face-book use, and evaluated its association to Facebook addiction. Methods Two samples of undergraduate students (n = 533, M ± SD = 22.73 ± 2.77 years old, 51.1% females; and n = 222, M ± SD = 22.45 ± 2.83 years old, 49.5% females, respectively) were r...
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The psychological mechanisms that potentially underlie the negative correlation between narcissism and relationship satisfaction are unknown. This study examined the potential mediating role of perfectionistic self-presentation in the association between grandiose and vulnerable narcissistic traits and relationship satisfaction. The Actor-Partner I...
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The present study investigated whether abstaining from Instagram (Ig) affects subjective well-being among young men and women. By comparing an intervention group (40 participants who take a break from Ig for a week) with a control group (40 participants who kept using Ig), we found that women who quitting Ig reported significantly higher levels of...
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Extreme perfectionism has been linked with distress and dysfunction. This association is reflected by the recent development of the Big Three Perfectionism Scale (BTPS), which has superordinate trait-based scales that assess 3 broad elements—rigid, self-critical, and narcissistic perfectionism. We examined psychometric features of the BTPS as well...
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This study builds on previous findings regarding emotional intelligence among narcissists by considering the maladaptive aspects of emotional manipulation and distinguishing between grandiose and vulnerable narcissism. Trait-emotional intelligence and emotional manipulation capabilities of grandiose narcissists, vulnerable narcissists, and non-narc...
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Previous studies have shown that both grandiose and vulnerable narcissists tend to project an image of perfection in order to gain admiration from others. The intrapersonal costs of this tendency have never been explored. The present study hypothesized that a systematic attempt on behalf of narcissists to both actively promote an image of perfectio...
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The present study aimed to investigate: a) the contribution of the fear of missing out (FoMO) in explaining social media problematic use taking also into account the fear of being negatively evaluated and the perception of low self-presentational skills; b) the mediating role of positive metacognitions about social media use in the relationship bet...
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Growing evidence shows that temperamental features and emotional dysregulation are linked to Eating Disorders (EDs). Aim of this study was to explore the possible relationship between temperament and emotional eating (EE) from a dimensional standpoint, and the association of specific temperamental dimensions with overeating triggered by specific em...
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Building upon previous research establishing a positive association between grandiose and vulnerable narcissism and problematic social networking use, the present study tests a model that explains how grandiose and vulnerable narcissists might develop Facebook (Fb) addiction symptoms through the need for admiration and the need to belong. A sample...
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Background Childhood trauma has been significantly associated with first-episode psychosis, affective dysfunction and substance use.AimsTo test whether people with first-episode psychosis who had experienced childhood trauma, when compared with those who had not, showed a higher rate of affective psychosis and an increased lifetime rate of substanc...
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Although it has been proposed that the dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis may act as a possible pathway linking early life stress to psychosis, this relationship has not yet been fully confirmed. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between childhood adversity (CA), cortisol levels, and psychosis. Eighty-five...
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Objective: The current study investigates the main and indirect effects of shame experiences and perceived benefits of computer-mediated communication (CMC) compared with face-to-face communication, on Problematic Social Networking Sites Use (PSNSU). In particular, a model in which perceived benefits of CMC (i.e. escapism, control over self-present...
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The present study explored the psychometric properties of the Italian version of the Parental Attitude Scales (PAD). The PAD are a 46-item self-report questionnaire that were developed to assess three parental attitudes dimensions: Pleasure-Displeasure, Arousal-Non Arousal, Dominance-Submissiveness. A total of 483 parents (235 males; mean age = 42....
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The current research focused on perfectionistic self-presentation and its relevance in models of narcissism as a form of overcompensation designed to deflect attention away from self-inadequacies. We took an extended view of perfectionistic self-presentation that includes a defensive need to seem effortlessly perfect and self-presentation capabilit...
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Scholars have recently taken an interest in the connection between narcissism and Internet use, especially among users who frequent social networking sites (SNSs). Conversely, the association between narcissism and problematic use of SNSs (i.e., unregulated use that leads to negative outcomes) has been scarcely investigated. This study addresses th...
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In Italy, homosexual people are not allowed to perform donor insemination/surrogacy or adoption, thus they become parents mainly in the context of previous heterosexual relationships. The current study examines the experiences of 34 gay fathers and 32 lesbian mothers with children from a heterosexual relationship. Data on homosexuality awareness, r...
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During the last decade a considerable number of studies have been conducted showing that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is an effective treatment for a wide range of psychological disorders. However, the debate about the empirical status of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and its different characteristics compared to Cognitive Behavioural Ther...
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Purpose of the review: In the last decades, three main different personality domains have been investigated in the field of eating disorders: personality traits, temperament, and personality disorders. The use of a wide range of instruments and the presence of many different approaches in the definition of personality dimensions make it difficult...
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A pilot uncontrolled study aimed at investigating the efficacy of a motivational enhancement therapy adapted for obesity was conducted on 71 obese patients (59 females). Treatment consisted of 5 weekly group sessions and 3 weekly individual sessions. Outcome measures included Treatment, Motivation and Readiness test (TREMORE) and anthropometric mea...
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The current study had the dual purpose of identifying consequences associated with perfectionistic self-presentation (PSP) and evaluating these factors as mediator of the proposed link between PSP and Problematic use of Internet communicative services (GPIU). The present study hypothesized that a self-presentation style characterized by the need to...
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Introduction: Following the theoretical frameworks of the dual-factor model of Facebook use and the Self Determination Theory, the present study hypothesizes that the satisfaction of unmet needs through Social Networking Sites (SNSs) may represent a pathway towards problematic use of Internet communicative services (GPIU) for socially anxious peopl...
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Since the diffusion of Internet addiction has emerged in several cultural contexts, it seems relevant to study the properties of the Internet Addiction Test (IAT)—the most widely used screening instrument—across various cultures. In Italy, only one study has examined the IAT factor validity, and a comprehensive investigation of its psychometric cha...
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Previous studies on problematic Internet use have focused almost exclusively on the fact that presence of negative functioning, such as social anxiety, depressive symptoms, or loneliness, represents a risk factor for unhealthy use of the web. For this reason the aim of the present study was to investigate the association between psychological well-...
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Specific personality traits are related to Eating Disorders (EDs) specific and general psychopathology. Recent studies suggested that Emotional Eating (EE) is a common dimension in all EDs, irrespective of binge eating. The present study was aimed to explore the relationship of temperamental features with EE and eating symptomatology in a sample of...
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Background: The present study developed and tested a model that explains how people who believe that others have unrealistically high standards and exert pressure on them to be perfect (that is, people high in socially prescribed perfectionism) develop a problematic use of internet communicative services (GPIU). Following the perfectionism social...
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Unlabelled: The Stendhal Syndrome was proposed in 1977 by the Florentine psychiatrist Graziella Magherini who observed and described an acute and unexpected psychiatric breakdown among tourists exposed to artworks. Aim: The aim of the present study is to evaluate whether the Stendhal Syndrome has achieved a solid scientific validity any years af...
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Emotion dysregulation has been found to be associated with specific eating attitudes and behavior in Eating Disorders (EDs) patients. The present study evaluated whether emotional eating profile of EDs patients changes over time and the possible effects of a psychotherapeutic intervention on the emotional eating dimension. One hundred and two EDs p...
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This study investigated how individuals’ perceptions of features of online social interaction may foster communicative disinhibition that predicts problematic Internet use (PIU). The value that study participants placed on the unique features of computer-mediated communication (CMC; i.e., reduced nonverbal cues and enhanced message control) was ass...
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Background: In the study of the relationship between sexuality and psychopathology, female sexual functioning appears to be relatively poorly explored. In addition, most studies have been conducted on clinical samples, so that the question of whether non-clinically relevant psychopathological symptoms may have a negative impact on women's sexual r...
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Abstract The 15-item Generalized Problematic Internet Use Scale 2 (GPIUS2) is one of the few theory-driven instruments to measure problematic Internet use (PIU). Since PIU has emerged in several cultural contexts, it seems relevant to evaluate the psychometric properties of the scale across various cultures. The aim of the present study was to test...
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Eating disorders (EDs) are an important cause of physical morbidity and psychosocial impairment, and eating disordered patients have a worse quality of life than peers. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a new self-report instrument, the Eating Disorders Well Being Questionnaire (EDwell), a measure of eating disorders-related quality...
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The social skills model of generalized problematic internet use predicts that individuals who perceive themselves as having low social competencies are at risk to develop a preference for online social interactions (POSI), which, in turn, might lead to compulsive use of Internet communication services. The present study aims to investigate if self-...
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The DSM-IV classification of Eating Disorders (EDs) identifies clinical entities showing considerable overlap, and diagnostic instability across time. Latent profile analysis (LPA) allows to identify underlying groups of individuals according to their patterned responses across a set features. LPA was applied to data regarding EDs symptoms of a cli...
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Introduction: Sexual life is often impaired in anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN), and few studies have evaluated the possible relationships between body image concerns, eating disorder psychopathology, and sexual functioning in these syndromes. Aim: To evaluate sexual functioning in AN patients, BN patients, and healthy controls, an...
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There is a general consensus that Internet addiction (IA) is mainly related to social aspects of the Web, especially among adolescents. The empirical link between poor social skills and IA is well documented; however, theoretical explanations for this relationship are less developed. One possibility is that people with poor social skills are especi...
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Stressful life events and dysfunctional Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) axis have been implicated in the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorders. This paper attempts to review the existing literature on childhood traumata, recent life events, HPA axis functioning and their relationship in Post-Traumatic Stress Disord...
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Anxiety disorders are among the most common of all mental disorders and their pathogenesis is a major topic in psychiatry, both for prevention and treatment. Early stressful life events and alterations of hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis function seem to have a significant role in the onset of anxiety. Existing data appear to support the m...
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The social skills model of generalized problematic internet use predicts that individuals who perceive themselves as having low social competencies are at risk to develop a preference for online social interactions (POSI), which, in turn, might lead to compulsive use of Internet communication services. The present study aims to investigate if self-...
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Davis (2001) introduced a cognitive-behavioral theory of generalized pathological internet use (GPIU) that attempts to model the etiology, development, and outcomes associated with PIU. According to this model, pre-existing psychosocial problems (depression, loneliness, or low levels of social support) predispose an individual to GPIU cognitions, b...