Alternative Title

Can attachment explain problem internet use?

Publication Date

2017

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Study Type

Quantitative

Degree Name

Master of Social Work

Department

School for Social Work

Keywords

Social phobia, Internet addiction, Attachment disorder, Attachment behavior, Social anxiety, Problem internet use, Excessive internet use, Secure attachment, Insecure attachment, Mediation analysis, Exploratory study

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the connection between problem internet use, multidimensional attachment, and social anxiety. Eighty-nine adults who use the internet for personal use and who self-reported as experiencing some level of anxiety or discomfort surrounding in-person social interactions were enrolled and completed an online questionnaire. Results indicated that secure attachment was significantly negatively correlated with social anxiety and internet use, whereas fearful attachment was significantly positively correlated with both measures. However, no indirect relationship between the three variables was found. Future directions for research are explored based on findings.

Language

English

Comments

v, 51 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 36-40)

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