The relation between attachment styles and Internet Addiction among college students

Document Type : Research Paper


1 M.Sc. in clinical psychology, Research Center of Faculty of Health, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

2 Ph.D. in management of health and treatment services, Membership of department of management and health economy, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran


Introduction:According to the prevalence of internet addiction, its consequences and effect of different psychological structures, the present study performed to investigate the relation between attachment styles and internet addiction among college students.
Materials and Methods: The statistical population of this descriptive-correlational study includes all students of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad who at least spend one semester of their education in academic year of 2015-16. 354 individuals were studied using proportional-categorical and simple random sampling. Data collection was performed using Yang internet addiction questionnaires, Kulinse and Rid attachment style and demographic information checklist. Analysis of research data was performed using SPSS software version 19, statistical tests of analysis of variance and multi-regression analysis simultaneously. 
Results: Overall, the attachment styles could predict internet addiction (P=0.001, F=7.98) and 0.07 of variance of internet addiction can be explained through the attachment styles. In addition, safe (P=0.002) and avoidant styles (P=0.02) directly and ambivalent style (P=0.002) as indirectly can predict internet addiction among college students.
Conclusion: Results of this study shows that safe attachment style has positive relation with total score of internet addiction and its six components. This positive relation means the higher scores of safe attachment style among college students are related to their internet addiction.