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Relationship between problematic internet use and psychological wellbeing among adolescents in Sweden

Pal, Devika LU (2017) PSYP01 20171
Department of Psychology
Abstract
The aim of the study was to describe the relationship between problematic internet use and psychological wellbeing among upper high school students in Sweden. In addition, potential gender differences with regard to problematic internet use was described. Finally, the present study explored potential differences between students categorized as “ Average internet users” 127 (65%), “Risk internet users” 67 (34%), and “Addictive internet users” 1 (0.5%) in relation to wellbeing. The questionnaires were distributed to 140 female students and 96 male students. The participants attended either of the two high schools in the south of Sweden. Results revealed small positive correlations in personal growth (r=.25) and purpose in life (r=.15) in... (More)
The aim of the study was to describe the relationship between problematic internet use and psychological wellbeing among upper high school students in Sweden. In addition, potential gender differences with regard to problematic internet use was described. Finally, the present study explored potential differences between students categorized as “ Average internet users” 127 (65%), “Risk internet users” 67 (34%), and “Addictive internet users” 1 (0.5%) in relation to wellbeing. The questionnaires were distributed to 140 female students and 96 male students. The participants attended either of the two high schools in the south of Sweden. Results revealed small positive correlations in personal growth (r=.25) and purpose in life (r=.15) in relation to problematic internet use. The results showed no difference in males and females in relation to problematic internet use (total). Also, the results showed no differences in psychological wellbeing in relation to “Average internet users” and “Risk internet users.” Further, on assessing differences between the six subscales of wellbeing in relation to “Average internet users” and “Risk internet users”, no significant difference was found. However, there was seen a tendency for personal growth in relation to “Average internet users” and “Risk internet users.” Future research must reflect on reassessing “problematic internet use” as there have been a lot of developments in the understanding, approach, and application of internet in todays world, in comparison to what was defined in the 90s.







Keywords: wellbeing, internet use, upper high school students (Less)
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Pal, Devika LU
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PSYP01 20171
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Psychological wellbeing, internet use
language
English
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8910017
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  abstract     = {The aim of the study was to describe the relationship between problematic internet use and psychological wellbeing among upper high school students in Sweden. In addition, potential gender differences with regard to problematic internet use was described. Finally, the present study explored potential differences between students categorized as “ Average internet users” 127 (65%), “Risk internet users” 67 (34%), and “Addictive internet users” 1 (0.5%) in relation to wellbeing. The questionnaires were distributed to 140 female students and 96 male students. The participants attended either of the two high schools in the south of Sweden. Results revealed small positive correlations in personal growth (r=.25) and purpose in life (r=.15) in relation to problematic internet use. The results showed no difference in males and females in relation to problematic internet use (total). Also, the results showed no differences in psychological wellbeing in relation to “Average internet users” and “Risk internet users.” Further, on assessing differences between the six subscales of wellbeing in relation to “Average internet users” and “Risk internet users”, no significant difference was found. However, there was seen a tendency for personal growth in relation to “Average internet users” and “Risk internet users.” Future research must reflect on reassessing “problematic internet use” as there have been a lot of developments in the understanding, approach, and application of internet in todays world, in comparison to what was defined in the 90s. 







Keywords: wellbeing, internet use, upper high school students},
  author       = {Pal, Devika},
  keyword      = {Psychological wellbeing,internet use},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Relationship between problematic internet use and psychological wellbeing among adolescents in Sweden},
  year         = {2017},
}