Interparental conflict, parent–adolescent attachment, and adolescent Internet addiction: The moderating role of adolescent self-control

Chang Wei1, Pei Chen2, Mucheng Xin2, Hui Liu3, Chengfu Yu2, Qiang Zou4
1School of Education, Hubei University of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China
2Department of Psychology and Research Center of Adolescent Psychology and Behavior, School of Education, Guangzhou University, People’s Republic of China
3School of Education, Guangzhou University, People’s Republic of China
4Journal of Hubei University of Science and Technology, Hubei University of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China
Cite this article:  Wei, C., Chen, P., Xin, M., Liu, H., Yu, C., & Zou, Q. (2020). Interparental conflict, parent–adolescent attachment, and adolescent Internet addiction: The moderating role of adolescent self-control. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 48(9), e9150.

Volume 48 Issue 9 | e9150 | Published: September 2020 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.9150

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We explored the extent to which adolescent self-control moderated the relationships among interparental conflict, parent–adolescent attachment, and adolescent Internet addiction. Participants comprised 459 junior high school students, who completed the Adolescents’ Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale, the Self-Control Scale, the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment, and the Internet Addiction Scale. Results show that adolescents’ perceptions of interparental conflict was significantly and positively correlated with their Internet addiction. In addition, the relationship between perceived interparental conflict and Internet addiction was mediated by parent–adolescent attachment. Finally, self-control moderated the relationships among interparental conflict, parent–adolescent attachment, and Internet addiction. Policy implications, limitations, and directions for future research are discussed.

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