Young adults’ internet addiction: Prediction by the interaction of parental marital conflict and respiratory sinus arrhythmia

Hui Zhang, Tracy Spinrad, Nancy Eisenberg, Yun Luo, Zhenhong Wang

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Abstract

The aim of the current study was to address the potential moderating roles of respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA; baseline and suppression) and participant sex in the relation between parents’ marital conflict and young adults’ internet addiction. Participants included 105 (65 men) Chinese young adults who reported on their internet addiction and their parents’ marital conflict. Marital conflict interacted with RSA suppression to predict internet addiction. Specifically, high RSA suppression was associated with low internet addiction, regardless of parental marital conflict; however, for participants with low RSA suppression, a positive relation between marital conflict and internet addiction was found. Internet addiction also was predicted by a significant three-way interaction among baseline RSA, marital conflict, and participant sex. Specifically, for men, marital conflict positively predicted internet addiction under conditions of low (but not high) baseline RSA. For women, marital conflict positively predicted internet addiction under conditions of high (but not low) baseline RSA. Findings highlight the importance of simultaneous consideration of physiological factors, in conjunction with family factors, in the prediction of young adults’ internet addiction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-156
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Psychophysiology
Volume120
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

Keywords

  • Baseline respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA)
  • Internet addiction
  • Parental marital conflict
  • RSA suppression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology (medical)

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