School connectedness and problematic internet use in adolescents: a moderated mediation model of deviant peer affiliation and self-control.

TitleSchool connectedness and problematic internet use in adolescents: a moderated mediation model of deviant peer affiliation and self-control.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLi D, Li X, Wang Y, Zhao L, Bao Z, Wen F
JournalJournal of abnormal child psychology
Volume41
Issue8
Pagination1231-42
Date Published2013 Nov
Abstract

Although a growing body of research documents the negative association between school connectedness and adolescent problematic Internet use (PIU), little is known about the mediating mechanism (i.e., how school connectedness relates to PIU?) and moderating mechanism (i.e., when the protection is most potent?) underlying this relation. The present study examined whether deviant peer affiliation mediated the relationship between school connectedness and PIU, and whether this mediating process was moderated by adolescent self-control. A total of 2,758 Chinese adolescents (46 % male; mean age = 13.53 years, SD = 1.06) from 10 middle schools completed anonymous questionnaires regarding school connectedness, deviant peer affiliation, self-control, and PIU. After controlling for gender, age, socioeconomic status, and parental attachment, it was found that the negative association between school connectedness and adolescent PIU was partially mediated by deviant peer affiliation. Moreover, this indirect link was stronger for adolescents with low self-control than for those with high self-control. These findings underscore the importance of integrating the social control theory and organism-environment interaction model to understand how and when school connectedness impacts adolescent PIU.

DOI10.1093/pcp/pct069
Alternate JournalJ Abnorm Child Psychol