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Attachment, Addiction, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement, Internet gaming disorder, Mindfulness, Internet addiction-Treatment, Video game addiction-Treatment, Internet games-Psychological aspects, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Mindfulness (Psychology)


This randomized controlled trial and pilot study evaluated relationships between attachment, mindfulness, and Internet gaming disorder (IGD), and explored the impact of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) versus a support group on college students diagnosed with IGD. Participants (n = 30) were recruited from a southeastern university and received eight weeks of either MORE or a control group. Measures of attachment, IGD, mindfulness, affect regulation, positive and negative affect, and stress were administered at three time points. Hypotheses predicted that individuals with IGD would demonstrate insecure attachment, that participation in MORE would result in increased attachment security, and that increased mindfulness would correspond with decreased attachment insecurity. Additional hypotheses predicted that MORE participants would demonstrate positive changes in mindfulness, mentalization, affect regulation, perceived stress, and positive and negative affect, all of which would correlate with reduced IGD. Results reflected mixed support for the hypotheses. Implications for practice and research are discussed.




v, 183 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 115-123)