Cyberchondria and its Relationships with Related Constructs: a Network Analysis.

Starcevic, Vladan; Baggio, Stéphanie; Berle, David; Khazaal, Yasser; Viswasam, Kirupamani (2019). Cyberchondria and its Relationships with Related Constructs: a Network Analysis. Psychiatric quarterly, 90(3), pp. 491-505. Springer 10.1007/s11126-019-09640-5

[img] Text
Starcevic2019_Article_CyberchondriaAndItsRelationshi.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to registered users only
Available under License Publisher holds Copyright.

Download (720kB) | Request a copy

Cyberchondria denotes repeated online searches for health information that are associated with increasing levels of health anxiety. The aims of this study were to apply network analysis to investigate the extent to which cyberchondria is a distinct construct, ascertain which of the related constructs have the strongest relationships with cyberchondria and investigate whether some of the symptoms of cyberchondria are more central to the construct of cyberchondria. Questionnaires assessing the severity of cyberchondria, health anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, intolerance of uncertainty, problematic Internet use, anxiety, depression and somatic symptoms were administered to 751 participants who searched for health information online during a previous 3-month period and were recruited from an online crowdsourcing platform. Network analyses were used to compute the networks, perform community detection tests and calculate centrality indices. Results suggest that cyberchondria is a relatively specific syndrome-like construct, distinct from all related constructs and consisting of interrelated symptoms. It has the strongest relationships with problematic Internet use and health anxiety. No symptom of cyberchondria emerged clearly as more central to the construct of cyberchondria. Future research should aim to deepen our understanding of cyberchondria and its links with psychopathology, especially its close relationship with problematic Internet use.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Psychiatric Services

UniBE Contributor:

Baggio, Stéphanie

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1573-6709

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Antoinette Angehrn

Date Deposited:

16 Jul 2019 17:33

Last Modified:

20 Aug 2019 01:31

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11126-019-09640-5

PubMed ID:

31098922

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Cyberchondria Health anxiety Network analysis Online health information Problematic internet use

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.130780

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/130780

Actions (login required)

Edit item Edit item
Provide Feedback