Background: According to more recent approaches on Problematic Internet Use (PIU), using the Internet can be seen as a way to compensate for psychosocial malaise. Taking the Semiotic Cultural Psycho-social Theory as its theoretical framework, the present study examines the role of affect-laden assumptions concerning the world, known as “Latent Dimensions of Sense” (LDS), in promoting (or not) adaptive responses, including Internet use as a maladaptive strategy against problems and difficulties. Aims: We aimed to test a theoretical model in which PIU is predicted by LDS through the mediation of high levels of psychosocial malaise. Method: PIU (Generalized Problematic Internet Use Scale – 2), LDS (View of Context questionnaire), negative affect (Positive and Negative Affect Schedule), social anxiety (Interaction Anxiousness Scale), and loneliness (Italian Loneliness Scale) were measured among 764 Italian adolescents (mean age =15.05 ± 1.152). LDS were detected through a Multiple Correspondence Analysis; after Confirmatory Composite Analysis, Partial Least Squares-Structural Equation Modelling with higher-order components was performed to test the mediation model. Results: The results show a relationship between LDS corresponding to an extreme, negative evaluation of the context, experienced as absolutely unreliable, and PIU through the mediation of psychosocial malaise (CI = [.101; .171]; p=.000). Conclusion: Overall, the findings suggest that PIU might be a way to compensate for unpleasant states in a context perceived in an extremely negative and homogenizing way, that is, as totally lacking resources and trustworthy people.

The relationship between view of the context, psychosocial malaise, and problematic Internet use: A Mediation model for Higher-Order Modelling with PLS-SEM

Lucrezia Ferrante
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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Claudia Venuleo
Conceptualization
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Simone Rollo
Software
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Enrico Ciavolino
Formal Analysis
2022

Abstract

Background: According to more recent approaches on Problematic Internet Use (PIU), using the Internet can be seen as a way to compensate for psychosocial malaise. Taking the Semiotic Cultural Psycho-social Theory as its theoretical framework, the present study examines the role of affect-laden assumptions concerning the world, known as “Latent Dimensions of Sense” (LDS), in promoting (or not) adaptive responses, including Internet use as a maladaptive strategy against problems and difficulties. Aims: We aimed to test a theoretical model in which PIU is predicted by LDS through the mediation of high levels of psychosocial malaise. Method: PIU (Generalized Problematic Internet Use Scale – 2), LDS (View of Context questionnaire), negative affect (Positive and Negative Affect Schedule), social anxiety (Interaction Anxiousness Scale), and loneliness (Italian Loneliness Scale) were measured among 764 Italian adolescents (mean age =15.05 ± 1.152). LDS were detected through a Multiple Correspondence Analysis; after Confirmatory Composite Analysis, Partial Least Squares-Structural Equation Modelling with higher-order components was performed to test the mediation model. Results: The results show a relationship between LDS corresponding to an extreme, negative evaluation of the context, experienced as absolutely unreliable, and PIU through the mediation of psychosocial malaise (CI = [.101; .171]; p=.000). Conclusion: Overall, the findings suggest that PIU might be a way to compensate for unpleasant states in a context perceived in an extremely negative and homogenizing way, that is, as totally lacking resources and trustworthy people.
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