Problematic Internet Usage and Self-Esteem in Chinese Undergraduate Students : The Mediation Effects of Individual Affect and Relationship Satisfaction

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Author(s)

  • Guang Zeng
  • Lijin Zhang
  • Sai-Fu Fung
  • Jingwen Li
  • Yi-Man Liu
  • And 7 others
  • Zi-Ke Xiong
  • Zhi-Quan Jiang
  • Fang-Fang Zhu
  • Zhen-Ting Chen
  • Si-Ding Luo
  • Ping Yu
  • Qian Huang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number6949
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number13
Online published29 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

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Abstract

The aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine the mediating effects of individual affect and relationship satisfaction on the relationship between self-esteem and Problematic Internet Use (PIU). Affect was measured using the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), relationship satisfaction was assessed using a positive and negative semantic dimension scale, self-esteem was measured using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and PIU was measured using the Problematic Internet Use scale with a sample of 507 Chinese university students (Mage = 20.41 years, SD = 2.49). The relationships between the variables were tested using structural equation modelling with a multiple mediation model. The results revealed that negative affect and the negative semantic dimensions of relationship satisfaction mediated the relationship between self-esteem and PIU. The implications of the results and the study’s theoretical contributions are discussed.

Research Area(s)

  • Cognitive–behavioural model, Internet addiction, Multiple mediation model, Positive and negative affect schedule, Self-esteem

Citation Format(s)

Problematic Internet Usage and Self-Esteem in Chinese Undergraduate Students : The Mediation Effects of Individual Affect and Relationship Satisfaction. / Zeng, Guang; Zhang, Lijin; Fung, Sai-Fu; Li, Jingwen; Liu, Yi-Man; Xiong, Zi-Ke; Jiang, Zhi-Quan; Zhu, Fang-Fang; Chen, Zhen-Ting; Luo, Si-Ding; Yu, Ping; Huang, Qian.

In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 18, No. 13, 6949, 07.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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