The Effect of Digital Technologies on Adolescent Mental Health: The Role of Parenting Style and Peer Attachment
Jaeyoung Park (Ph.D Student, Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University)
Chihun Han (M.S. Student, Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University)
Joohyun Oh (Research professor, Barun ICT Research Center, Yonsei University)
This study examined the effect of digital technologies on adolescent mental health; attention deficit, aggression, depression. Furthermore, we investigated the role of parenting style and peer attachment as they might have effects on digital technologies. Using two-wave longitudinal data, we conducted longitudinal analysis from the Korean Children and Youth Panel Survey done in 2015 and 2016. Results showed that computer and internet usage for learning purpose has a positive effect on mental health, while computer games and social media have negative effects. Also, the positive effects of learning on depression indicated stronger in adolescents who felt less affection from their parents. On the other hand, the negative effects of computer games and social media could be moderated by both parenting style and peer attachment. Implications of these results and directions for future research are discussed.
Adolescent, Mental Health, Computer Usage, Internet Usage, Parenting Style, Peer Attachment
Journal of Digital Convergence, Vol. 17. No. 8, pp 1-13, 2019