Fear of COVID-19, loneliness, smartphone addiction, and mental wellbeing among the Turkish general population: a serial mediation model

Kayis, A.R., Satici, B., Deniz, M.E., Satici, S.A. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2021. Fear of COVID-19, loneliness, smartphone addiction, and mental wellbeing among the Turkish general population: a serial mediation model. Behaviour and Information Technology. ISSN 0144-929X

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Abstract

The novel coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has become a major health problem worldwide. The impact of COVID-19 has also been associated with psychological and social problems. The main objective of the present study was to examine the associations between fear of COVID-19 and mental wellbeing, through a serial mediation analysis that included loneliness and smartphone addiction. Utilising convenience sampling from 73 of 81 cities in Turkey via the web-based survey the present study comprised 773 participants (556 females and 217 males; aged between 18 and 66 years) were collected. Self-report data were collected including psychometric measures assessing fear of COVID-19, loneliness, smartphone addiction, and mental wellbeing. Fear of COVID-19 was found to have both a direct and indirect effect on mental wellbeing. In addition, results supported a serial mediation model where fear of COVID-19 was found to influence mental wellbeing via loneliness and smartphone addiction in a sequential manner. The findings suggest that higher fear of COVID-19 is associated with lower mental wellbeing by negatively affecting individuals’ emotion and behaviour.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Behaviour and Information Technology
Creators: Kayis, A.R., Satici, B., Deniz, M.E., Satici, S.A. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Date: 26 May 2021
ISSN: 0144-929X
Identifiers:
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10.1080/0144929x.2021.1933181DOI
1441975Other
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 28 May 2021 12:26
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:02
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42945

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