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J Affect Disord. 2018 Nov;240:27-32. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.07.005. Epub 2018 Jul 23.

Association between parental marital conflict and Internet addiction: A moderated mediation analysis.

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1
School of Public Health, Jilin University, NO. 1163 Xinmin Street, Changchun, Jilin Province, China. Electronic address: gaoting1123@sina.com.
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Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, 6875 Boul. LaSalle, Verdun, H4H1R3, Montreal, Canada; Douglas Mental Health University Institute, 6875 Boul. LaSalle, Verdun, H4H1R3, Montreal, Canada. Electronic address: xiangfei.meng@mcgill.ca.
3
School of Public Health, Jilin University, NO. 1163 Xinmin Street, Changchun, Jilin Province, China. Electronic address: zeyingqin@sina.com.
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School of Public Health, Jilin University, NO. 1163 Xinmin Street, Changchun, Jilin Province, China. Electronic address: zhanghanwf@163.com.
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School of Public Health, Jilin University, NO. 1163 Xinmin Street, Changchun, Jilin Province, China. Electronic address: 13194312508@163.com.
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School of Public Health, Jilin University, NO. 1163 Xinmin Street, Changchun, Jilin Province, China. Electronic address: 13904412998@163.com.
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School of Public Health, Jilin University, NO. 1163 Xinmin Street, Changchun, Jilin Province, China. Electronic address: 18844194244@163.com.
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School of Public Health, Jilin University, NO. 1163 Xinmin Street, Changchun, Jilin Province, China. Electronic address: meisongli@sina.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The effect of parental marital conflict on Internet addiction has been well-established; however, little is known regarding the underlying mechanism of this effect. The aim of this study was to explore the mediating effect of depression and anxiety, as well as the role of peer attachment as a moderator in this relation between parental marital conflict and Internet addiction.

METHODS:

The moderated mediation analysis was tested using data from a cross-sectional sample of 2259 high school students who completed questionnaires regarding marital conflict, depression, anxiety, peer attachment and Internet addiction.

RESULTS:

The results indicated that the effect of parental marital conflict on Internet addiction was mediated by depression and anxiety. In addition, peer attachment moderated the association between parental marital conflict and depression/anxiety.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study helps to elucidate the mechanism underlying the association between parental marital conflict and Internet addiction.

KEYWORDS:

Anxiety; Depression; Internet addiction; Moderated mediation analysis; Parental marital conflict; Peer attachment

PMID:
30048833
DOI:
10.1016/j.jad.2018.07.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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