A Survey on the Generalized Problematic Internet Use in Chinese College Students and its Relations to Stressful Life Events and Coping Style

  • authors:

    Huanhuan Li, Jiaqi Wang, Li Wang
  • published in

    : 2009
  • summary

    : Disable Highlighting PDF (202.2 KB)HTMLFree PreviewFree Preview A Survey on the Generalized Problematic Internet Use in Chinese College Students and its Relations to Stressful Life Events and Coping Style Huanhuan Li1, Jiaqi Wang1 and Li Wang1, 2 Contact Information (1) Department of Psychology, Sun Yat-Sen University, 135 Xi-gang-xi Road, Guangzhou, 510275, Guangdong, China (2) Center for Studies of Psychological Application, South China Normal University, Shi-pai, Guangzhou, 510631, Guangdong, China Received: 17 October 2007 Accepted: 16 May 2008 Published online: 26 June 2008 Abstract Problematic internet use (PIU) during the college life becomes a significant public health concern with a variety of negative outcomes. The aim of the present study was to examine the incidence of generalized PIU (GPIU) and its relationship to stressful life events and coping style among Chinese college students. Six hundred and fifty-four college students recruited from Guangzhou completed the self-reported measures of the Chinese version of GPIU scale, Chinese College student Stress Questionnaire (CCSQ), and Coping Style Questionnaire (CSQ). Analysis of Structural Equation Model was used to explore the interactive effects of stressful life events and coping style on GPIU. Of the sample, 13.6% was classified as generalized problematic internet users. The prevalence of GPIU did not vary with gender, grade or major. The frequency of stressful events over the past 6 months in the GPIU group was significantly higher than that in the non-PIU group. Compared to the non-PIU group, the generalized problematic internet users used the more avoidant coping styles, and the less problem-solving style. Significant correlations were found between stressful life events, avoidant coping style and GPIU at 0.01 levels. The standardized path coefficients from stressful life events to avoidant coping style (β = 0.35, p < 0.01), and from avoidant coping style to GPIU (β = 0.33, p  < 0.01) were significant. The current findings imply that stressful life events are involved in the pre-existing mechanisms of GPIU. Stressful life event contribution to GPIU was mainly mediated through avoidant coping style (e.g. self-blame, fantasy, withdrawal or rationalization). Future prevention programs must focus on developing individual confrontative coping skills to reduce stress and GPIU among college students.
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  • type

    : article in journal
  • publisher

    : Springer New York
  • is part of a publication

    : International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
  • volume

    : 7
  • issue

    : 2
  • copyright

    : © Springer
  • other publication details

    : apr. 2009
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 333 - end page: 346
  • keywords

    : college students , coping , problematic internet use , stress
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