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Can attachment explain problem internet use?
Master of Social Work
School for Social Work
Social phobia, Internet addiction, Attachment disorder, Attachment behavior, Social anxiety, Problem internet use, Excessive internet use, Secure attachment, Insecure attachment, Mediation analysis, Exploratory study
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.
Sisson, Julia Christine, "Social anxiety online : ǂb can attachment explain problem internet use? :" (2017). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
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