ERIC Number: EJ1172170
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Direct and Interaction Effects of Co-Existing Familial Risk Factors and Protective Factors Associated with Internet Addiction among Chinese Students in Hong Kong
Wu, Anise M. S.; Lau, Joseph T. F.; Cheng, Kit-man; Law, Rita W.; Tse, Vincent W. S.; Lau, Mason M. C.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v38 n4 p429-450 Apr 2018
Internet addiction (IA) is prevalent among adolescents and imposes a serious public health threat. Familial risk and protective factors may co-exist and interact with each other to determine IA. We conducted a cross-sectional survey among 9,618 Secondary 1 to 4 students in Hong Kong, China. About 16% of the surveyed students were classified as Internet addicted; nearly one third of them perceived that at least one of their family members had IA (FMIA). We found that FMIA was a risk factor (multivariate odds ratio [OR] = 2.04), and perceived family support was a protective factor (multivariate OR = 0.97) of IA. We also found a significant risk-enhancement moderation effect between these risk and protective factors, that is, the risk effect of FMIA increased with perceived family support. The finding highlights that family-based interventions, which modify familial risk and protective factors, should be effective for adolescent IA, but caution is required about potential risk-enhancement moderations between such factors.
Descriptors: Risk, Addictive Behavior, Multivariate Analysis, Intervention, Internet, Classification, Family Relationship, Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Public Health, Case Studies, Student Surveys, Secondary School Students, Psychopathology, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Computer Games, Synchronous Communication, Incidence, Measures (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Statistical Analysis, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong