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Golovanova Tetyana,
Vlasova Оlena


The purpose of the article is to analyze the influence of the Internet dependence of teenagers on the peculiarities of their self-actualization and to check the effectiveness of the developed program for increasing the self-actualization of such persons. The study involved 223 individuals. The following research methods were used in the work: testing (Kimberly Young Test, CAT Test and Situational Self-actualization Test), questionnaires, observations; statistical methods for carrying out qualitative and quantitative analysis of the research results (Student's criterion and Pearson criterion). Based on the data obtained, we have developed a program of psychological support for the self-actualization of youths by developing its competence in using Internet resources. The article shows that different uses of virtual space by young people affect their self-actualization in different ways; the social and psychological factors of increasing the virtual space utilization of young people have been found out. In the course of an empirical study carried out, the authors prove the statistically significant relationship that exists between the excessive capture of the personality of the youth by virtual space and its self-actualization. The analysis of the influence of various variants of use by young men of the virtual space (games, communication, information seeking) revealed a significant difference in the priority of the gaming activity of youth as a factor in the formation of Internet dependency and low self-actualization of the individual (the latter is understood by the authors as an integral individual indicator of personal growth of a person).
Keywords: Internet addiction, self-actualization, adolescence, virtual space.

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