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The Influences of Closeness with Parents and Awareness of Internet Policies on Internet Addiction among Adolescents in Multicultural Families in South Korea

다문화가정 청소년의 부모 친밀도와 인터넷 정책 인지도가 인터넷 중독에 미치는 영향

  • Lee, RaeHyuck (College of Hyang-seol Nanum, Soonchunhyang University) ;
  • Chang, Hae Lim (Department of Social Welfare, Seoul Jangsin University)
  • 이래혁 (순천향대학교 향설나눔대학) ;
  • 장혜림 (서울장신대학교 사회복지학과)
  • Received : 2018.01.04
  • Accepted : 2018.03.20
  • Published : 2018.03.28

Abstract

Using data from the 2014 Survey on Internet Addiction performed by the National Information Society Agency, this study aimed to examine the influences of closeness with parents and awareness of Internet policies on Internet Addiction among adolescents in multicultural families in South Korea. Descriptive analyses showed that multicultural adolescents had on average 2.09 points on the whole scale of 15 items, but had on average 2.20 points on the sub-scale of withdrawal symptoms and on average 2.18 points on the sub-scale of tolerance symptoms. Multiple regression analyses revealed that multicultural adolescents' closeness with parents was significantly associated with lower levels of Internet addiction. Also, multicultural adolescents' awareness of Internet policies was also significantly associated with lower levels of Internet addiction. Based on the findings, this study suggested the necessity of providing parent education programs and enhancing awareness of Internet policies to reduce Internet addiction among adolescents in multicultural families.

Keywords

Multicultural families;Internet addiction;Adolescents;Closeness with parents;Awareness of Internet policies

Acknowledgement

Supported by : Soonchunhyang University

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