Childhood emotional maltreatment and problematic social media use among adolescents: the mediating role of body image dissatisfaction

Kircaburun, K., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Billieux, J., 2019. Childhood emotional maltreatment and problematic social media use among adolescents: the mediating role of body image dissatisfaction. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Preliminary evidence suggests that childhood maltreatment is associated with higher problematic social media use (PSMU). It has also been established that childhood emotional maltreatment (CEM) is associated with body image dissatisfaction (BID). However, the direct and indirect impacts of CEM on PSMU via BID remain untested. The present study examined these direct and indirect relationships among a sample of 385 adolescents (mean age 15.62 years, range 14–18 years). Results indicated that female adolescents had higher levels of CEM, BID, and PSMU compared to males. Structural equation modeling indicated that CEM was indirectly associated with PSMU via BID among males. However, only BID was positively associated with PSMU among females. The findings are in accordance with theoretical models suggesting that individuals’ core characteristics including early childhood experiences and psychopathological factors are associated with different types of specific internet-use disorders.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Kircaburun, K., Griffiths, M.D. and Billieux, J.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 16 January 2019
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-019-0054-6DOI
Rights: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 17 Jan 2019 12:37
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2019 12:37
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35599

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