The Mediating Role of Self- Control in the Relationship between Emotion Regulation and Addiction Potential among Students

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Counseling, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran

2 Department of Counseling, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Psychology, Yasouj University, Yasouj, Iran


Introduction: Psychological factors are very important variables in the addiction potential. The aim of current research was to investigate the mediating role of self-control in the relationship between emotion regulation and addiction potential among university students. Methods: This research was cross-sectional correlational. The statistical population of the present study included students from Yasouj University in the academic year 2017-18. 394 of the university students were selected by multi-stage cluster sampling method and responded to the Iranian scale of addiction potential, emotion regulation subscale, and self-control scale. The gathered data were analyzed by Pearson correlation coefficient, regression analysis, path analysis and sobel test (p≤0.05). Results: Results showed that, emotion regulation could negatively predict addiction potential (p=0.01) and positively predict self-control (p=0.01). Also emotion regulation could indirectly predict addiction potential with the mediating role of self- control (p=0.01) Conclusion: The results of current research implies the importance of psychological factors such as emotion regulation and self- control in explaining addiction potential. Also, the role of emotional regulation in direct and indirect explanation of addiction is important.


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