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Self-concept clarity, social support, and compulsive internet use: a study of the US and the UAE

Quinones-Garcia, Cristina and Kakabadse, Nada K. (2015). Self-concept clarity, social support, and compulsive internet use: a study of the US and the UAE. Computers in Human Behavior, 44 pp. 347–356.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0747-5632
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetBritish Academy
Not SetNot SetLeverhulme Trust
Keywords: compulsive internet use; social support; self-concept clarity; cross-cultural; prevalence
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 41530
Depositing User: Cristina Quinones
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2014 16:49
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 21:30
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