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Self-concept clarity, social support, and Compulsive Internet Use: a study of the USA and the UAE

Quinones, C. and Kakabadse, N. K. (2015) Self-concept clarity, social support, and Compulsive Internet Use: a study of the USA and the UAE. Computers in Human Behavior, 44. pp. 347-356. ISSN 0747-5632

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.11.019


Compulsive Internet Use (CIU) has been mostly studied among adolescents, yet some studies reveal that this can be a problem for the adult population, too. The lack of agreement on diagnostic tools and cut-off points results in markedly different prevalence figures. Building on Charlton’s (2002) distinction between core CIU and positive engagement dimensions, the first objective was to confirm that prevalence figures including the core dimensions of CIU were lower than those including the engagement dimensions as well. Second, building on Davis’s (2001) diathesis-stress model, we tested the role that self-concept clarity (SCC) and social support play in predicting core CIU in US subjects (NUS = 268). Finally, we expected that, because self-concept clarity is mostly linked to well-being in Western countries, the association between this variable and core CIU would be weak in the Eastern culture sample (NUAE = 270). Our findings confirmed that prevalence figures were 20–40% lower when including the core dimensions only, and that SCC is a key predictor of CIU at low levels of social support in the US. We also confirmed that this is not the case in the UAE. Future research opportunities to advance this study were discussed.

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Divisions:Henley Business School > Marketing and Reputation
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