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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(11), 2451; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112451

What Protects Adolescents with Youth Subculture Affiliation from Excessive Internet Use?

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Department of Health Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, P.J. Safarik University in Kosice, Tr. SNP 1, Kosice 040 66, Slovak
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Olomouc University Social Health Institute, Palacky University in Olomouc, Univerzitni 22, Olomouc 771 11, Czech Republic
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Institute of Research on Children, Youth and Family, Masaryk University, Jostova 218/10, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic
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Received: 14 September 2018 / Revised: 23 October 2018 / Accepted: 28 October 2018 / Published: 3 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances of Adolescents and Children Health Research)
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Abstract

Youth subculture affiliation (SA) appears to be an important risk factor with regard to adolescents’ problem behavior. Excessive Internet use (EIU) has emerged as a new type of problem behavior; however, it has not yet been studied in adolescents affiliated with youth subcultures. Thus, the aim of this study was to assess the association between SA and EIU and to explore the role of selected protective factors. We used data from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study conducted in 2014 in Slovakia. The final sample for this study comprised 532 adolescents (mean age: 15.4; 49.6% boys). Hierarchical linear regression analysis was conducted to examine the associations of EIU with SA. Adolescents with SA were more likely to report EIU. Adjustment for protective factors decreased the association between EIU and SA. From all tested interactions, only the interaction of SA with family support was found to be significant. The relationship between family support and EIU was mediated via Monitoring by the mother only in adolescents without SA. Our findings imply that the risk of EIU is higher in adolescents with SA. There was a difference in how protective factors worked in adolescents with and without SA. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescence; youth subcultures; excessive Internet use; protective factors; Slovakia adolescence; youth subcultures; excessive Internet use; protective factors; Slovakia
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Filakovska Bobakova, D.; Holubcikova, J.; Madarasova Geckova, A.; Dankulincova Veselska, Z. What Protects Adolescents with Youth Subculture Affiliation from Excessive Internet Use? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2451.

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