The role of online social network chatting for alcohol use in adolescence: Testing three peer-related pathways in a Swedish population-based sample
2017 (English)In: Computers in human behavior, ISSN 0747-5632, E-ISSN 1873-7692, Vol. 71, 284-290 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the study was to examine whether online social network chatting (OSNC) is related to any of three peer-related pathways to alcohol use among adolescents including a stress-exposure pathway, a peer status pathway and a social context pathway. A survey was distributed to a Swedish population-based sample of 2439 boys and girls 15–16 years old enrolled in the 9th grade of primary school. Indirect effects, moderating effects, and gender differences were analysed. The results exposed a robust positive association between OSNC and alcohol use, but also that OSNC accounted for one-fifth of the association between the peer status pathway and alcohol use. A positive association between the stress-exposure pathway and alcohol use was found that was weaker among adolescents who scored high on OSNC whereas a positive association between the social context pathway and alcohol use also was found that was stronger among adolescents who scored high on OSNC. Consequently, OSNC may contribute differently to alcohol use depending on which peer-related pathway that the adolescent follows. The robust positive association between OSNC and alcohol use that remained when the three peer-related pathways were accounted for also indicates that this association is accounted for by other factors.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 71, 284-290 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-34955DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.02.012ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85012066263OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-34955DiVA: diva2:1076669