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J Behav Addict. 2018 Sep 1;7(3):654-664. doi: 10.1556/2006.7.2018.76. Epub 2018 Sep 17.

The association of celebrity worship with problematic Internet use, maladaptive daydreaming, and desire for fame.

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1
1 Institute of Psychology, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University , Budapest, Hungary.
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2 Doctoral School of Psychology, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University , Budapest, Hungary.
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3 North American Journal of Psychology , Winter Garden, FL, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIMS:

Celebrity worship, defined as an obsessive fascination with a famous person, has been associated with several mental health problems, such as symptoms of depression and anxiety, dissociation, and body image concerns. The aim of this study was to extend the scope of investigation of previous research on psychological correlates by exploring the association of celebrity worship with compulsive behaviors, such as problematic Internet use, maladaptive daydreaming, desire for fame, and self-efficacy.

METHODS:

A voluntary sample of 437 Hungarian adolescents and adults (78.3% male; Mage = 24.7 years, SD = 7.4) completed an online questionnaire focusing on attitudes toward celebrities and other relevant variables.

RESULTS:

As a result of hierarchical regression analyses, high levels of celebrity worship were associated with problematic Internet use, maladaptive daydreaming, and desire for fame. Furthermore, females were at higher risk to become obsessed with celebrities than males.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION:

These findings provide with a more comprehensive picture of psychological difficulties associated with celebrity worship and may contribute to a better understanding of this phenomenon.

KEYWORDS:

celebrity worship; compulsive behaviors; desire for fame; maladaptive daydreaming; problematic Internet use; self-efficacy

PMID:
30221539
DOI:
10.1556/2006.7.2018.76

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