Research Article| Volume 42, P18-24, February 2023

Investigation of the relationship between internet addiction, communication skills and difficulties in emotion regulation in nursing students

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      • Approximately half of the nursing students were risky internet users.
      • Internet addiction negatively affects communication skills in nursing students.
      • Internet addiction was determined to have a positive effect on emotion regulation difficulties in nursing students.
      • Internet addiction has a greater effect on difficulty in emotion regulation levels.


      This study investigates the relationships between nursing students' internet addiction levels, communication skills and difficulties in emotion regulation. This cross-sectional study included 463 nursing students who completed the Internet Addiction Scale (IAS), Communication Skills Scale (CSS) and Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS-16). Approximately half of the nursing students were risky internet users. A negative statistically significant was determined between from IAS and CSS; a positive statistically significant was determined between from IAS and DERS-16. It was found that internet addiction had an effect of 18.6 % (R2 = 0.186) on difficulty in emotion regulation and 0.27 % on communication skills (R2 = 0.027). The students who were in risky group in internet addiction had worse communication skills and higher levels of difficulties in emotion regulation.


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