Internalizing problems as a mediator in the relationship between low effortful control and internet abuse in adolescence: A three-wave longitudinal study

Carla Zappulla, Ugo Pace, Giulio D'Urso, Ugo Pace

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The aim of the study is to examine the relationships between early adolescents' low effortful control, middleadolescents' internalizing problems and late adolescents' Internet abuse, focusing on the mediating role thatmiddle adolescents' internalizing problems may play in the relationship between early adolescents' low effortfulcontrol and late adolescents' Internet abuse. The study followed a sample of 482 adolescents (245 boys and 237girls) from early adolescence (wave 1; mean age=14.76, SD=0.63), through middle adolescence (wave 2;mean age=15.77, SD=0.61), to late adolescence (wave 3; mean age=17.88, SD=0.57). The participantscompleted self-report questionnaires on temperament in wave 1 and on internalizing problems and Internetabuse in all three waves. Data from the mediation model showed that internalizing problems in middle adolescencemediated the relationship between low effortful control in early adolescence and Internet abuse in lateadolescence.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)47-54
Numero di pagine8
RivistaComputers in Human Behavior
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)

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