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Binge-Watching as a Way of Coping: The Association between Alexithymia, Binge-Watching, and Interpersonal Problems

Hoffmann, S. (2019) Binge-Watching as a Way of Coping: The Association between Alexithymia, Binge-Watching, and Interpersonal Problems.

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Abstract:This study aimed at investigating whether alexithymia moderates the relationship between interpersonal problems as a stressor and binge-watching as a coping behaviour. Furthermore, the relationship between interpersonal problems, alexithymia, and binge-watching was researched. 109 respondents were recruited using a cross-sectional online survey design. The survey consisted of the TAS-20 to measure alexithymia, the IIP-C-IRT to test interpersonal problems, and the binge-watching subscale of the BWESQ and one additional question to assess binge-watching. A moderate, positive relationship was found between interpersonal problems and binge-watching. There was no moderation effect of alexithymia on the correlation between interpersonal problems and binge-watching. A strong, positive correlation was found between alexithymia and interpersonal problems. Moreover, there was a positive, weak correlation between alexithymia and binge-watching. The results indicate that persons experiencing interpersonal problems engage in more binge-watching. Alexithymia was not identified as a moderator on the relation between interpersonal problems and binge-watching, meaning that highly alexithymic individuals experiencing interpersonal problems do not binge-watch more than persons with no alexithymia. This indicates that alexithymics employ coping behaviours other than binge-watching when confronted with interpersonal problems. Furthermore, people scoring high on alexithymia seem to have more interpersonal problems. There was a weak correlation between alexithymia and binge-watching.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78274
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