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Effect of Narrative Therapy-based Group Psychological Counseling on Internet Addiction among Adolescents


Background: There are a large number of psychological problems caused by Internet addiction. We aimed to explore the intervention effect of narrative therapy in combination with Pilates exercise on Internet addiction among adolescents.

Method: From July 2021 to October 2021, 42 adolescents with Internet addiction selected from four communities in Yiyang City of China were randomly divided into the intervention and control groups with 21 members in each group. The intervention group participated in the intervention of narrative therapy in combination with Pilates exercise eight times, whereas the control group did not receive any intervention. The 12-item General Health Questionnaire, Self-rating Young’s Diagnostic Questionnaire of Internet Addiction, and Positive Affect Subscale were used to measure the psychological indexes of the adolescents before and after the intervention.

Results: Compared with those in the control group, the adolescents in the intervention group had an obvious decrease in the degree of Internet addiction with a statistically significant difference before and after the intervention (P < 0.001). After the intervention, the intervention group had significantly higher mental health scores and significantly lower scores for anxiety, depression, social dysfunction, and loss of interest than the control group. After the intervention, the intervention group showed an obvious increase in the score for positive affect with a statistically significant difference before and after the intervention (P < 0.001).

Conclusion: The intervention method proposed in this study could effectively solve the problem of Internet addiction among adolescents.

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IssueVol 51 No 6 (2022) QRcode
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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijph.v51i6.9678
Narrative therapy Pilates exercise Internet addiction Mental health

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Gong Y, Gong N, Zhang Z, He Y, Tang H. Effect of Narrative Therapy-based Group Psychological Counseling on Internet Addiction among Adolescents. Iran J Public Health. 2022;51(6):1331-1338.