Group Counselling on College Students' Internet Dependency and Life Satisfaction

Odaci H., Celik C. B.

JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGISTS AND COUNSELLORS IN SCHOOLS, vol.27, no.2, pp.239-250, 2017 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/jgc.2017.9
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.239-250
  • Keywords: group counselling, reality therapy, internet dependency, life satisfaction, college students, UNIVERSITY-STUDENTS, ADDICTION, ADOLESCENTS, GENDER, SCALE, HAPPY
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


The limited number of programs of tested efficacy in the literature such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and family-based prevention of internet addiction is striking. The aim of this study was to analyse the effect of reality therapy-based group counselling on college students' problematic internet use and life satisfaction. In order to determine who would participate in the counselling program, screening tests were administered to 418 students. Twenty students who met the inclusion criteria eventually took part. The Online Cognition Scale and Life Satisfaction Scale were used pre- and posttests in order to evaluate the counselling program. Results show that reality therapy-based group counselling significantly reduces the level of problematic internet use among college students and increases their life satisfaction levels.