Serial mediation roles of alexithymia and loneliness in the association between family function and internet addiction among Chinese college students

Zhao, Y., Zhang, K. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2022. Serial mediation roles of alexithymia and loneliness in the association between family function and internet addiction among Chinese college students. Frontiers in Psychology, 13: 874031. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

A lot of previous research has highlighted the negative consequences of Internet addiction. However, relatively few is known about the underlying mechanism for Internet addiction among college students in relation to family function. The present study explored the relationship between family function and Internet addiction among college students, as well as the mediating effects of alexithymia and loneliness. A sample of 783 Chinese college students were administered a number of psychometric scales including the “General Function” subscale of the Chinese version of the Family Assessment Device, Toronto Alexithymia Scale, UCLA Loneliness Scale, and Revised Chinese Internet Addiction Scale. The results showed that family function was negatively associated with Internet addiction; the association was significantly mediated by alexithymia; the association was significantly mediated by loneliness; and alexithymia and loneliness sequentially mediated the association. The total mediating effect was 63.96%. The results of the present study are of great significance to the prevention and intervention of Internet addiction among college students.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers in Psychology
Creators: Zhao, Y., Zhang, K. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Date: 4 May 2022
Volume: 13
ISSN: 1664-1078
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.3389/fpsyg.2022.874031DOI
1542830Other
Rights: Copyright © 2022 Zhao, Zhang and Griffiths. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 04 May 2022 11:22
Last Modified: 04 May 2022 11:22
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46246

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