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Употреба на електронни медии и здраве и благополучие на юношите
E-media use and health & well-being of adolescents

Author(s): Anna Alexandrova-Karamanova
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Psychology
Published by: Институт за изследване на населението и човека - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: E-media use; internet; well-being; psychosomatic complaints; cybervictimization; adolescents.

Summary/Abstract: In modern society, electronic media are an integral part of the lives of children and adolescents and are associated with both benefits for psychosocial development and well-being and with significant risks. Intensity of e-media use (TV viewing (video, DVD, YouTube), playing games and using electronic devices for homework or for email, social networks, chat, surfing) and its impact on physical and mental health and well-being of 4796 adolescents aged 11, 13 and 15, participants in the national representative survey „Health Behaviour in School-aged Children“ (HBSC), are explored. Computer/internet use is the only one of the studied media that remains significantly associated with worse psychological well-being and more psychosomatic complaints after the addition of gender and age. Playing games is positively related to well-being and psychosomatic complaints. Cyberbullying has a partial mediating function of the impact of computer/internet use on well-being and psychosomatic complaints.

  • Issue Year: 20/2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 97-111
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian