An Educational Approach for Decreasing Internet Addiction: Motivational Interviewing Psycho-Education Program

Abdullah Nuri DÄ°CLE
Sinop University, Faculty of Education, Departmant of Educational Sciences, TURKEY
DOI: 10.14689/ejer.2021.94.2

Purpose: The objective of the study was to examine the impact of The Motivational Interviewing Psycho-Education Program which was prepared based on the method of Motivational Interviewing by the researcher on the Internet addiction level of the Internet-addicted students who studied in university. Research Methods: Experimental design based on ”Pre-Test – Post- Test and Follow Up Model with Control Group” was used in the study. The Motivational Interviewing Psycho-Education Program with the experimental group was carried out in 10 sessions in the form of 120-150-minute. No studies were conducted with the control group. The Personal Information Form and Internet Addiction Scale were applied to obtain the necessary data from the internet-addicted students who would form the study group in the present study. The Motivational interviewing psycho-education program was prepared by the researcher by scanning the literature and taking the opinions of experts.
Findings: The present study found that motivational interviewing psycho-education program was effective in reducing/decreasing the internet addiction levels of the internet-addicted university students and that this effect continues in the follow-up test that was applied six months later.
Implications for Research and Practice: It was suggested that a placebo group could also be formed in a new study to be conducted, the psychological counseling and guidance center staff of the school could implement psycho-education programs on different levels and groups regarding internet addiction to test the effectiveness of the program. Also, the effectiveness of the program could be tested on different individuals and study groups. The findings of the study were discussed and interpreted in the light of the relevant theoretical information and field type, and suggestions for practitioners were presented.
Keywords: Addiction, University Student, Training, Experimental Design.