Parents' phubbing and problematic mobile phone use: the roles of the parent-child relationship and children's self-esteem

Hong, Wei, Liu, Ru-De, Ding, Yi, Oei, Tian Po, Zhen, Rui, and Jiang, Shuyang (2019) Parents' phubbing and problematic mobile phone use: the roles of the parent-child relationship and children's self-esteem. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 22 (12). pp. 779-786.

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Abstract

An increasing number of mobile phone users check their phones at any time and place, even during in-person interactions. Such behaviors that interrupt social interactions have been described as phubbing. The present study focused on phubbing behaviors within the context of parent-child households and aimed to examine the associations among parents' phubbing, the parent-child relationship, children's self-esteem, and problematic mobile phone use (PMPU) by adolescents. The structural equation model results based on the data collected from 1,721 secondary students revealed that parents' phubbing was not only directly associated with children's PMPU but also indirectly associated with PMPU through the mediating roles of the parent-child relationship and children's self-esteem after gender and age were controlled. These findings suggest a possible underlying mechanism for the relationship between parents' phubbing and children's PMPU, and could thus inform interventions to prevent or decrease PMPU among adolescents. Limitations and implications are discussed.

Item ID: 61484
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2152-2723
Keywords: multiple mediation, parent-child relationship, parents' phubbing, problematic mobile phone use, self-esteem
Copyright Information: © Copyright 2019, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Funders: National Social Science Foundation of China (NSSFC)
Projects and Grants: NSSFC 17BSH102
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2020 01:53
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 100%
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