Trait emotional intelligence and problematic online behaviors among adolescents: the mediating role of mindfulness, rumination, and depression

Kircaburun, K., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Billieux, J., 2019. Trait emotional intelligence and problematic online behaviors among adolescents: the mediating role of mindfulness, rumination, and depression. Personality and Individual Differences, 139, pp. 208-213. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

Preliminary studies have shown that trait emotional intelligence (trait EI) can be a risk factor for higher problematic use of specific online activities. However, the possible mediating role of mindfulness and rumination on the relationship of trait EI with problematic social media use (PSMU) and problematic online gaming (POG) is unclear. Among a sample of 470 adolescents, the present study examined the direct and indirect associations of trait EI with PSMU and POG and the potential mediational role of mindfulness, rumination, and depression while controlling for gender and age. Multiple mediation analyses indicated that trait EI was indirectly associated with PSMU via mindfulness, rumination, and depression, and with POG via mindfulness and rumination. Furthermore, rumination affected PSMU positively. The study provides empirical evidence of the theoretical assumption that different types of specific problematic online behaviors are related to both shared and specific risk factors.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Personality and Individual Differences
Creators: Kircaburun, K., Griffiths, M.D. and Billieux, J.
Publisher: Elsevier for the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID)
Date: 1 March 2019
Volume: 139
ISSN: 0191-8869
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.paid.2018.11.024DOI
S0191886918306202Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 03 Dec 2018 16:58
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2018 16:58
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35212

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