Problematic social media use: results from a large-scale nationally representative adolescent sample

Jiménez-Murcia, S., Bányai, F., Zsila, Á., Király, O., Maraz, A., Elekes, Z., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Andreassen, C.S. and Demetrovics, Z., 2017. Problematic social media use: results from a large-scale nationally representative adolescent sample. PLOS ONE, 12 (1), e0169839. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

Despite social media use being one of the most popular activities among adolescents, prevalence estimates among teenage samples of social media (problematic) use are lacking in the field. The present study surveyed a nationally representative Hungarian sample comprising 5,961 adolescents as part of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD). Using the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale (BSMAS) and based on latent profile analysis, 4.5% of the adolescents belonged to the at-risk group, and reported low self-esteem, high level of depression symptoms, and elevated social media use. Results also demonstrated that BSMAS has appropriate psychometric properties. It is concluded that adolescents at-risk of problematic social media use should be targeted by school-based prevention and intervention programs.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: PLOS ONE
Creators: Jiménez-Murcia, S., Bányai, F., Zsila, Á., Király, O., Maraz, A., Elekes, Z., Griffiths, M.D., Andreassen, C.S. and Demetrovics, Z.
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Date: 9 January 2017
Volume: 12
Number: 1
ISSN: 1932-6203
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10.1371/journal.pone.0169839DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 12 Jan 2017 14:32
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 13:31
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29664

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