ERIC Number: EJ927926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 98
Relational Consequences of Compulsive Internet Use: A Longitudinal Study among Newlyweds
Kerkhof, Peter; Finkenauer, Catrin; Muusses, Linda D.
Human Communication Research, v37 n2 p147-173 Apr 2011
This article examines how compulsive Internet use and marital well-being are related to each other. We suggest that they are negatively related and explore whether compulsive Internet use predicts marital well-being or vice versa. The relation between compulsive Internet use and marital well-being is tested in a two-wave prospective study among 190 newlywed couples. The results suggest that (a) compulsive Internet use predicts marital well-being, and not vice versa, (b) that this is a within- rather than a cross-partner effect, and (c) that the frequency of Internet use may be positively related to marital well-being. The results are discussed in terms of the mechanisms that underlie the link between compulsive Internet use and relationship quality.
Descriptors: Marital Satisfaction, Internet, Longitudinal Studies, Marriage, Well Being, Prediction, Addictive Behavior, Behavior Problems, Computer Use
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