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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02352

Adult attachment style, emotion regulation, and social networking sites addiction

  • 1Yangtze Normal University, China
  • 2Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China

While there is substantial evidence that emotion regulation plays a role in the maintenance of substance and behavior addiction, its role in addiction to social networking sites (SNS) remains unclear. Drawing on attachment theory, we explore whether emotion regulation mediates the relationship between insecure attachment and SNS addiction among 463 college students. The participants completed the short version of the Experience in Close Relationships Scale, Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale, and Chinese Social Media Addiction Scale. The results indicated that attachment anxiety positively predicted SNS addiction and emotion regulation mediated this link. These findings suggest that individuals’ affective regulation capability should be a target of future interventions and treatments.

Keywords: Adult Attachment Style, Attachment anxiety, Attachment avoidance, Emotion Regulation, SNS addiction

Received: 30 Apr 2019; Accepted: 02 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Chang and Jianling. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mx. Ma Jianling, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing, China, jianling_ma@163.com