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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 670-677

Technological addictions in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Are they associated with emotional intelligence?

1 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hatay State Hospital, Hatay, Turkey
2 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey
3 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Adana Ekrem Tok Mental Health Hospital, Adana, Turkey

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Dr. Gamze Yapça Kaypakli
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hatay State Hospital, Hatay
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_369_19

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Background: The impaired regulation of emotional responses has significant social consequences for patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and can be thought to increase the risk for technological addictions. Aim: Ditto objective of the present research is to investigate the relationship between technological addictions and trait emotional intelligence (EI) in adolescents with ADHD. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 150 treatment-naïve adolescents with ADHD, aged 12–18 years. The sociodemographic information form, the Emotional Quotient-Inventory: Youth Version (EQ-i: YV), Internet Addiction Test, Smartphone Addiction Scale, and Conners' Parent Rating Scales were used for data collection. Results: The findings revealed that ADHD-C and female patients have lower mean stress management scores on EQ-i: YV. Patients who have smartphone addiction (SA)/problematic internet usage have lower total EI and stress management scores. The oppositional, hyperactivity, and DSM-total scores were negatively correlated with stress management scores. Intrapersonal and stress management scores were negatively correlated to SA symptoms. Conclusion: The stress management dimension was the strongest factor related to ADHD and technological addictions. In adolescents with ADHD, stress management may be the key factor to cope with daily problems. Therefore, the interventions to develop EI can be a therapeutic option in ADHD and technological addictions.



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