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ERIC Number: EJ993896
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0663
Computer-Mediated Communication with Distant Friends: Relations with Adjustment during Students' First Semester in College
Ranney, John D.; Troop-Gordon, Wendy
Journal of Educational Psychology, v104 n3 p848-861 Aug 2012
Because of recent technological innovations, college freshmen can readily communicate with friends who they see infrequently (e.g., friends from home). The current study addressed whether computer-mediated communication with these distant friends can compensate for a lack of high-quality on-campus friendships during students' first semester of college. Data were collected from 242 freshmen (140 female, M[subscript age] = 18.4) at midsemester and 1 month later. At low levels of face-to-face friendship quality, computer-mediated communication with distant friends predicted lower levels of emotional distress. Furthermore, when face-to-face friendship quality was low, depressive affect predicted higher levels of subsequent computer-mediated communication with distant friends. Relations with adjustment also depended on the quality of distant friendships. Implications for helping students transition to college are addressed. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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