Sergey Igumnov, Konstantin Zbarousky, Pavel Lapanau, Ruslan Popok, Ekaterina Grinevich


A socio-psychological survey and clinical-psycholo­gical research were conducted (level of alexithymia; intensity of internet addiction; individual-charactero­logical personality traits; individual style of coping strategies, behavioral patterns and resources of per­sonality) in the cohort of 150 people at the age of 15-24, average age: 18.9±1.64, M:F= 87:63). As a result of the randomization of subjects, 3 groups were detected: themain group (people with traces of deve­loping anaddiction from “new psychoactive substan­ces” (NPS)) (MG, 50 people); a comparison group (people with “non-chemical” forms of addiction (in­ternet addiction) (CG, 50 people) and a reference group (50 people, without addictions and deviant be­havior). The research of coping behavior methods, in the category “Search for social support” groups MG and RG significantly differ statistically (probability of passing similarity p = 0.016, t =2.45, df = 147) has shown the significance of asocial network support as in the case of NPS addiction. The total score of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale-26-R showed that peo­ple from MG (average number 67.66±8.01) and RG (average number 58.92±8.36) statistically differ si­gnificantly, with a probability of passing similarity being p<0.001, t=5.3, df=147. Indicators of expres­sed alexithymia noticeably prevailed in MG and CG, in comparison with the RG. While researching in­ternet addiction using a subject oriented scale, there was a statistically significant difference between CG and RG. The probability of a passing similarity is p = 0.006, t=2.82, df =147. The received and analyzed study materials are the basis for the development of acombined preventive and rehabilitation program for those with “NPS” addiction and “internet addiction” among teenagers and youth.

Keyword(s): alexithymia, addiction, “new psychoactive substances” (NPS), internet addiction.
DOI: 10.5200/sm-hs.2018.049
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