Attachment and problematic Facebook use in adolescents: The mediating role of metacognitions

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Marino, C, Marci, T, Ferrante, L, Altoè, G, Vieno, A, Simonelli, A, Caselli, G and Spada, MM (2019). Attachment and problematic Facebook use in adolescents: The mediating role of metacognitions. Journal of Behavioral Addictions. 8 (1), pp. 63-78. https://doi.org/10.1556/2006.8.2019.07
AuthorsMarino, C, Marci, T, Ferrante, L, Altoè, G, Vieno, A, Simonelli, A, Caselli, G and Spada, MM
Abstract

Background and aims: Recent research used attachment theory and the metacognitive tenet as frameworks to explain problematic Facebook use (PFU). The current study aims to test, in a single model, the role of different attachment styles and metacognitions in PFU among adolescents.
Methods: Two separate studies were conducted in order to establish the link between security (Study 1) and insecurity (Study 2), metacognitions, and PFU. A total of 369 and 442 Italian adolescents (aged 14–20 years) participated in Study 1 and Study 2, respectively.
Results: Path analyses revealed the relative importance of different attachment dimensions with mother and father in predicting PFU and the mediating role of metacognitions between attachment styles and PFU.
Discussion and Conclusions: In conclusion, since attachment styles and PFU may significantly affect adolescents’ development and well-being, the results of this study may provide some practical indications for researchers and practitioners.

Year2019
JournalJournal of Behavioral Addictions
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