Adolescent problematic internet use and parental mediation: a Bangladeshi structured interview study

Matin Chandrima, R., Kircaburun, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-8678-9078, Kabir, H., Khoorshid Riaz, B., Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X, Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Mamun, M.A., 2020. Adolescent problematic internet use and parental mediation: a Bangladeshi structured interview study. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 12: 100288. ISSN 2352-8532

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Internet-related problems such as excessive internet use, problematic internet use (PIU), and internet addiction, are becoming increasingly studied among Bangladeshi adult students, but there has been little research among adolescents. In Bangladesh, there has been no research examining the role of parental mediation in their children's internet use. Therefore, the present structured interview study investigated Bangladeshi adolescent PIU and its associated socio-demographics, internet use behaviors, and the parental mediation role among 350 high school students residing in Dhaka. The results showed that 84 of adolescents (24.0%) were classified as having PIU (cut-off score of ≥ 50 on the Internet Addiction Test) and nine adolescents (2.6%) were classified as having a severe dependency on the internet (cut-off score of >80 on the Internet Addiction Test). According to hierarchical regression analysis, significant PIU correlates included lower academic results, both parents’ lower education, mother working outside the home, more than four days’ weekly internet use, more than two hours daily internet use, and active mediation. Additionally, internet use behaviors (i.e., internet use locations, devices, purposes, and applications) and parental internet mediation dimensions other than active mediation (i.e., restrictive mediation, active mediation internet safety, monitoring, and technical mediation) were significantly related to PIU in t-tests and correlation analysis respectively. However, they were non-significant in the hierarchical regression analysis when included into equation altogether. The present study's findings will be helpful in developing country-level policymaking decisions and facilitating future research in the country.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Addictive Behaviors Reports
Creators: Matin Chandrima, R., Kircaburun, K., Kabir, H., Khoorshid Riaz, B., Kuss, D.J., Griffiths, M.D. and Mamun, M.A.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: December 2020
Volume: 12
ISSN: 2352-8532
S2352853220301036Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 09 Jun 2020 13:05
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2020 13:05

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