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The Effects of Depression on Mobile Phone Dependency Among Elementary School Students : Testing the Mediating Effect of Self-esteem and the Moderating Effect of Gender

  • Journal of The Korea Society of Computer and Information
  • Abbr : JKSCI
  • 2018, 23(11), pp.211-218
  • DOI : 10.9708/jksci.2018.23.11.211
  • Publisher : The Korean Society Of Computer And Information
  • Research Area : Engineering > Computer Science
  • Received : September 18, 2018
  • Accepted : November 12, 2018
  • Published : November 30, 2018

Kyung Ho Kim 1 Choi Young Ho 2

1호남대학교
2전남도립대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of the present study was to test the impact of depression on mobile phone dependency among elementary school students, to test the mediating effect of self-esteem between depression and mobile phone dependency, and to draw out theoretical and practical implications in terms of preventing or reducing mobile phone dependency. Based on previous studies, a longitudinal research model between the aforementioned three variables has been identified. The present study analyzed the 4th, 5th, and 6th wave data from Korea Children and Youth Panel Study 2010 (KCYPS 2010). The major results were as follows. First, depression could have a significant negative effect on self-esteem. Second, self-esteem could have a significant negative effect on mobile phone dependency. Third, the influence of depression on mobile phone dependency was not significant. Fourth, gender could be a significant moderating variable between depression and self-esteem. Finally, a number of implications of these findings were also discussed.

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