ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
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The Intermediary Role of Searching for Meaning in Young Adults in the Relationship Between Loneliness and Digital Game Addiction

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Department of Social Work, Necmettin Erbakan University Nezahat Keleşoğlu Faculty of Health Sciences, Konya, Turkey

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Department of Sociology, KTO Karatay University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Konya, Turkey

Addicta 2024; 11: 51-59
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2024.22069
Read: 461 Downloads: 181 Published: 29 February 2024

Abstract: In the present study, the intermediary role of searching for meaning in the relationship between loneliness and digital game addiction in young adults was examined. The study was designed as a correlational survey and model testing using path analysisThe sampling for this study, , consisted of a total of 1476 participants—of which 1152 were female and 324 were male. The “Personal Information Form,” “Game Addiction Scale,” “Meaning of Life Scale,” and “Social-Emotional Loneliness Scale” were used as the data collection tools. The results of structural equation modeling show that the data fit perfectly with the model. The model that was designed was validated. It was found that social loneliness and emotional loneliness predict the meaning and purpose of life at a negative and significant level. Also, the meaning and purpose of life predicted excessive focus and suspense, deprivation and seeking, emotional change, and contemplation at a negative and significant level. It is recommended to conduct awareness studies and value education regarding the meaning and purpose of life in the fight against digital addiction for young adults and adolescents.

Cite this article as: Küçükşen, K., & Budak, H. (2024). The intermediary role of searching for meaning in young adults in the relationship between loneliness and digital game addiction. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 11(1), 51-59.

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