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Cognitive and Psychosocial Health Risk Factors of Social Networking Addiction
Yu,Shu; Wu,Anise Man Sze; Pesigan,Ivan Jacob Agaloos
2016-08-01
Source PublicationInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
ISSN15571882 15571874
Volume14Issue:4Pages:550-564
AbstractThe aim of this study was to examine the effects of the two cognitive factors proposed by social cognitive theory to be highly influential on behavior (i.e., outcome expectancies and self-efficacy), in addition to optimism and loneliness, on social networking addiction among university students. In the study, 395 Chinese students (145 males, M = 19.05, age range = 17–27 years) voluntarily completed an online, anonymous questionnaire regarding their Internet use. Almost all of the participants (99 %) were found to be using online social networking sites, and findings showed that social networking addiction was strongly correlated with Internet addiction. As hypothesized, more negative outcome expectancies and lower self-efficacy with regard to reducing Internet use were associated with higher social networking addictive tendencies. The results of the path analysis showed that low optimism was an indirect risk factor of social networking addiction through outcome expectancies and self-efficacy, while loneliness was a direct risk factor. The findings provide practical implications to preventive intervention for social networking addiction among youth.
KeywordAddiction Chinese Internet Loneliness Optimism Social cognitive theory Social networking
DOI10.1007/s11469-015-9612-8
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Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
Corresponding AuthorWu,Anise Man Sze
AffiliationDepartment of Psychology,Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS),University of Macau,,Macao,Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
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Yu,Shu,Wu,Anise Man Sze,Pesigan,Ivan Jacob Agaloos. Cognitive and Psychosocial Health Risk Factors of Social Networking Addiction[J]. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction,2016,14(4):550-564.
APA Yu,Shu,Wu,Anise Man Sze,&Pesigan,Ivan Jacob Agaloos.(2016).Cognitive and Psychosocial Health Risk Factors of Social Networking Addiction.International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction,14(4),550-564.
MLA Yu,Shu,et al."Cognitive and Psychosocial Health Risk Factors of Social Networking Addiction".International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 14.4(2016):550-564.
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