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Positive Mental Health as a Predictor of Problematic Internet and Facebook Use in Adolescents and Young Adults

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  • Claudia Marino

    (Università degli Studi di Padova
    London South Bank University)

  • C. M. Hirst

    (London South Bank University)

  • C. Murray

    (London South Bank University)

  • A. Vieno

    (Università degli Studi di Padova)

  • Marcantonio M. Spada

    (London South Bank University)

Abstract

Recent research on Problematic Internet Use and Problematic Facebook Use (PIU and PFU) has focused on the idea that people who engage in PIU or PFU are more likely to present with mental health problems. The goal of the present study was to examine the contribution of positive mental health (PMH) to PIU and PFU among adolescents and young adults. A total of 1927 Italian adolescents and young adults participated in the study. Structural equation modeling showed that PMH is negatively linked to both PIU and PFU, indicating that PMH may be an important antecedent for both PIU and PFU among adolescents and young adults. In conclusion, dimensions of PMH may be taken into account by researchers and educational practitioners in preventing both PIU and PFU.

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  • Claudia Marino & C. M. Hirst & C. Murray & A. Vieno & Marcantonio M. Spada, 2018. "Positive Mental Health as a Predictor of Problematic Internet and Facebook Use in Adolescents and Young Adults," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 19(7), pages 2009-2022, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jhappi:v:19:y:2018:i:7:d:10.1007_s10902-017-9908-4
    DOI: 10.1007/s10902-017-9908-4
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