Social support as a mediator between internet addiction and quality of life among Chinese high school students

Published on Oct 1, 2021in Children and Youth Services Review
· DOI :10.1016/J.CHILDYOUTH.2021.106181
Jing Guo7
Estimated H-index: 7
(PKU: Peking University),
Ning Huang (PKU: Peking University)+ 5 AuthorsBo Zhang11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Boston Children's Hospital)
Abstract null null Internet addiction among high school students is an emerging public health issue in China. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between internet addiction and quality of life, as well as the mediation effect of social support in such an association, among Chinese rural high school students. A total of 1277 high school students (mean age: 17.35 years; standard deviation: 1.39 years) from three rural high schools in the province of Henan in China were recruited. Internet addiction was measured by the Young’s Internet Addiction Scale, quality of life was assessed with a 16-item Quality of Life Questionnaire, and social support was evaluated by the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support. This study revealed that the prevalence rate of internet addiction was 11.51% among the participants. Internet addiction was negatively associated with overall quality of life (β = -0.06, p
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