The mediating and moderating roles of social anxiety and relatedness need satisfaction on the relationship between shyness and problematic mobile phone use among adolescents

Hong, Wei, Liu, Ru-De, Oei, Tian-Po, Zhen, Rui, Jiang, Shuyang, and Sheng, Xiaotian (2019) The mediating and moderating roles of social anxiety and relatedness need satisfaction on the relationship between shyness and problematic mobile phone use among adolescents. Computers in Human Behavior, 93. pp. 301-308.

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Abstract

Shyness has been reported to be closely associated with problematic mobile phone use, yet the underlying mechanism which may mediate or moderate this relationship remains obscure. Based on the cognitive-behavioral model of pathological internet use, combined with the theory of compensatory internet use and self-determination theory, the current study aimed to examine the association between shyness and problematic mobile phone use and the mediating role of social anxiety, as well as the moderating role of relatedness need satisfaction perceived on the mobile phone. A sample of 1050 Chinese adolescents recruited from middle schools completed the questionnaires. Mediation analysis revealed that social anxiety could partially mediate the relationship between shyness and problematic mobile phone use. Furthermore, moderated mediation analysis indicated that shyness could exacerbate problematic mobile phone use through social anxiety for adolescents with a higher level of relatedness need satisfaction from the mobile phone compared to a lower level of need satisfaction. Overall, these findings advance the understanding of how and when shyness leads to problematic mobile phone use. Implications for research on mobile phone use are discussed.

Item ID: 61492
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0747-5632
Keywords: Adolescents, Moderated mediation, Problematic mobile phone, Relatedness need satisfaction, Shyness, Social anxiety
Copyright Information: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Funders: National Social Science Foundation of China (NSSFC)
Projects and Grants: No.17BSH102
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2020 05:27
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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