The relationship between Facebook attachment and obsessive-compulsive disorder severity

Vol.9,No.2(2015)

Abstract
Despite the widespread use of social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook, an adequate understanding of their impact on the users’ mental health is still lacking. The present study intends to expand on the current understanding of the linkage between social networking site use and mental health. Our study explored how Facebook use may be associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), with the inclusion of obsessive-compulsive beliefs as a mediator. One hundred and fifty-six undergraduate students completed the questionnaire given. Overall, Facebook use contributed to OCD severity through obsessive-compulsive beliefs as the mediator. The present study also yielded other relevant results for cyberpsychology that may help pave the way for future studies.

Keywords:
Facebook; obsessive-compulsive disorder; obsessive beliefs
Author biographies

Soon-Li Lee

Author photo Soon Li, Lee is a PhD candidate at Monash University Malaysia. His research interests include the influence of social networking sites on the users’ well-being, and psychometrics.

Miriam Sang-Ah Park

Author photo Dr. Miriam Sang-Ah Park obtained her Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a major in Psychology from University of Toronto, Canada, where she developed particular interests in sociocultural influences on the selfhood, perceptions and general beliefs. She undertook her PhD studies under the supervision of Professor Robin Goodwin at Brunel University, London, UK. Her primary areas are social, (cross-) cultural and political psychology, and her research focuses on topics such as social change and its implications for individual values, family views and political beliefs, cultural orientations and self-construals, and family democratisation in different societies.

Cai-Lian Tam

Author photo Dr. Tam Cai Lian is the Senior Lecturer and a licensed counselling psychologist from Monash University Malaysia. She is a registered counsellor from the Board of Counsellors Malaysia with special interest in the variety of challenges facing adolescents in Malaysia. Currently, Dr. Tam is the advisor for People Development Counselling (PDC) and the coordinator for the Master of Professional Counselling for Monash University Malaysia. She has involved actively in conducting research and providing consultation related with coping and relaxation skills.
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