Daily stress and smartphone overdependence among multicultural adolescents: Comparisons by gender and age

다문화 청소년의 일상생활 스트레스와 스마트폰 과의존의 관계: 성별 및 연령별 비교

  • Lee, RaeHyuck (College of Hyang-seol Nanum, Soonchunhyang University)
  • 이래혁 (순천향대학교 향설나눔대학)
  • Received : 2018.08.23
  • Accepted : 2018.11.20
  • Published : 2018.11.28


The aim of this study was to examine the association between daily stress and smartphone overdependence among multicultural adolescents, focusing on the moderating roles of gender and age. This study performed a series of multiple linear regressions with a sample of 794 multicultural adolescents living with a foreign-born parent or parents from the 13th Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-Based Survey. The main regression analysis showed that daily stress was associated with higher levels of smartphone overdependence among multicultural adolescents. In addition, interaction analyses showed that the association between daily stress and smartphone overdependence was more pronounced for male adolescents compared to female adolescents, and for middle school students compared to high school students. This study concluded with some suggestions to address smartphone overdependence among multicultural adolescents.


Smartphone overdependence;Multicultural adolescents;Daily stress;Comparison by gender;Comparison by age

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Fig. 1. Moderating role of gender

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Fig. 2. Moderating role of age

Table 1. General characteristics of the analytic sample

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Table 2. Characteristics of the focal variables

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Table 3. The association between daily stress and smartphone overdependence

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Table 4. Moderating roles of gender and age

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Supported by : Soonchunhyang University


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