The relationship between parental mediation and Internet addiction among adolescents, and the association with cyberbullying and depression

Fong Ching Chang, Chiung Hui Chiu, Nae Fang Miao, Ping Hung Chen, Ching Mei Lee, Jeng Tung Chiang, Ying Chun Pan

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Objective This study examined the relationships between parental mediation and Internet addiction, and the connections to cyberbullying, substance use, and depression among adolescents. Method The study involved 1808 junior high school students who completed a questionnaire in Taiwan in 2013. Results Multiple logistic regression analysis results showed that adolescents who perceived lower levels of parental attachment were more likely to experience Internet addiction, cyberbullying, smoking, and depression, while adolescents who reported higher levels of parental restrictive mediation were less likely to experience Internet addiction or to engage in cyberbullying. Adolescent Internet addiction was associated with cyberbullying victimization/perpetration, smoking, consumption of alcohol, and depression. Conclusion Internet addiction by adolescents was associated with cyberbullying, substance use and depression, while parental restrictive mediation was associated with reductions in adolescent Internet addiction and cyberbullying.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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