The Effect of Digital Technologies on Adolescent Mental Health: The Role of Parenting Style and Peer Attachment

청소년의 컴퓨터 및 인터넷 이용이 정신건강에 미치는 영향: 양육방식과 또래애착의 조절효과

  • Park, Jaeyoung (Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University) ;
  • Han, Chihun (Graduate School of Information, Yonsei University) ;
  • Oh, Joohyun (Barun ICT Research Center, Yonsei University)
  • 박재영 (연세대학교 정보대학원) ;
  • 한치훈 (연세대학교 정보대학원) ;
  • 오주현 (연세대학교 바른ICT연구소)
  • Received : 2019.05.16
  • Accepted : 2019.08.20
  • Published : 2019.08.28


This study examined the effect of digital technologies on adolescent mental health; attention deficit, aggression, depression. Furthermore, we investigated the role of parenting style and peer attachment as they might have effects on digital technologies. Using two-wave longitudinal data, we conducted longitudinal analysis from the Korean Children and Youth Panel Survey done in 2015 and 2016. Results showed that computer and internet usage for learning purpose has a positive effect on mental health, while computer games and social media have negative effects. Also, the positive effects of learning on depression indicated stronger in adolescents who felt less affection from their parents. On the other hand, the negative effects of computer games and social media could be moderated by both parenting style and peer attachment. Implications of these results and directions for future research are discussed.


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