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Psychosocial predictors of cyberchondria


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Hrestak, Iva. (2018). Psychosocial predictors of cyberchondria. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Jokić-Begić, Nataša].

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The availability of the Internet to a larger number of people and its usage in searching health information has lead to the emergence of cyberhondria. Cyberhondria is defined as an excessive or repeated search of health information on the Internet, followed by a general feeling of anxiety. The goal of the conducted research was to examine the role of sociodemographic factors, personality traits and behavior in the prominence of cyberhondria. The study was conducted online on a sample of 724 adult participants. The results show that people with higher intolerance to uncertainty, anxiety sensitivity and health anxiety are more susceptible to developing cyberhondria, with health anxiety mediating the relation between anxiety sensitivity and cyberhondria. Also, women are more susceptible to cyberhondria. In this research, the recency of the search for health information was not proven to be significantly associated with cyberhondria. Its role is still insufficiently explored and further research is needed.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: cyberhondria, intolerance of uncertainty, anxiety sensitivity, health anxiety, the recency of search for health information
Subjects: Psychology > Zdravstvena psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Jokić-Begić, Nataša
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 11:36
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 11:36

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