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Table 4 Mediating role of ADHD on the associations of personality traits with Internet addiction

From: Associations of personality traits with internet addiction in Chinese medical students: the mediating role of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms

Predictors Path coefficients a * b (95% CI)
c a b c’
Extraversion −0.001 0.082** 0.318** − 0.027 0.026 (0.007, 0.048)
Agreeableness −0.123** −0.129** 0.318** −0.082** − 0.041 (− 0.063, − 0.022)
Conscientiousness −0.317** − 0.269** 0.318** − 0.231** −0.085 (− 0.110, − 0.066)
Neuroticism 0.163** 0.214** 0.318** 0.095** 0.068 (0.047, 0.093)
Openness 0.012 −0.009 0.318** 0.015 −0.003 (− 0.022, 0.017)
  1. c: associations of personality traits with Internet addiction; a: associations of personality traits with ADHD symptoms; b: associations of ADHD symptoms with Internet addiction after controlling for the predictor variables; c: associations of personality traits with Internet addiction after adding ADHD symptoms as mediator; a * b: the product of a and b; 95% CI: the bias-corrected and accelerated 95% confidence interval
  2. Gender, age group, hometown, and grade year were covariates. ** p < 0.01(two-tailed)