Exploring relationships among Korean Children's Depression, Smartphone Addiction, and School Life Satisfaction: Focusing on Partial Least Square (PLS) Path Modeling

초등학생의 우울증, 스마트폰 중독 및 학교생활 만족도의 관계에 대한 탐색: Partial Least Square(PLS) 경로모형 분석을 중심으로

  • Joo, Jihyuk (Dept. of Journalism & Communication, Far East University)
  • 주지혁 (극동대학교 언론홍보학과)
  • Received : 2013.10.07
  • Accepted : 2013.12.20
  • Published : 2013.12.28


The spread of smartphone in Korea causes several side effects and raises concerns. Especially, recently the addiction to smartphone of elementary school children has been paid attention to by their parents, teachers, and so on. After literature review, this research presented hypotheses that depression would affect children's addiction to smartphone positively and school life satisfaction (SLS) negatively, in turn their addiction to smartphone would affect SLS negatively. We employed Partial Least Square (PLS) path modeling to test the hypotheses. We found that all hypotheses were supported. The findings of this study suggest that their families and school authorities should make valid measures to lessen children's depression for preventing addicting to smartphone and, in turn, increasing SLS.


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