Simple and Multiple Relationships between Assertiveness, Sensation Seeking, Alexithymia and Addiction Potential in University Students

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1 Deparment of Psychology Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz

2 Department of Psychology Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz

3 Department of Social Science payam-e-Noor of Tehran

Abstract

This study aimed at investigating the simple and multiple relationships between   assertiveness, sensation seeking and alexithymia components (difficulty identifying feelings, externality oriented thinking and difficulty describing)and addiction potential in university students. Two hundred and fifty students were selected by cluster sampling from Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran. The scales used for this descriptive study were the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale(TAS-20), the Assertiveness Self-Report Inventory (ASRI), the Arnett inventory of sensation seeking,and the Iranian Addiction Potential Scale (IAPS). Data were analyzed with statistical analyzer software SPSS-ver. 16. There were simple and multiple relationships between assertiveness, sensation seeking, Alexithymia, difficulty identifying feelings, externality oriented thinking and difficulty describingand addiction potential.Multiple regression analysis (stepwise method) showed that sensation seeking, difficulty identifying feelings and assertiveness had significant multiple correlations with addiction potential (F=24.25, p

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