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Published in: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 3/2023

30-09-2021 | Original Article

Ostracism and Problematic Smartphone Use: the Mediating Effect of Social Self-Efficacy and Moderating Effect of Rejection Sensitivity

Authors: Xiaojun Sun, Yamei Zhang, Gengfeng Niu, Yuan Tian, Lei Xu, Changying Duan

Published in: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction | Issue 3/2023

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Abstract

Problematic smartphone use has become a prominent social problem, and factors shaping this behavior have been a research focus. Based on the Interaction of Person-Affect-Cognition-Execution model, we examined the association between ostracism and problematic smartphone use, and individual differences in the relation (i.e., the mediating role of social self-efficacy and the moderating role of rejection sensitivity). A sample of 800 undergraduates were recruited to complete questionnaires. The SPSS PROCESS was used to test the moderated mediation model and the Johnson-Neyman method was used to analyze the moderating effect of rejection sensitivity. As predicted, ostracism was positively associated with problematic smartphone use. Social self-efficacy partially mediated this relation. Rejection sensitivity moderated the relation between ostracism and social self-efficacy—with the association being weaker for students with higher rejection sensitivity. The results have both theoretical and practical implications.
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Metadata
Title
Ostracism and Problematic Smartphone Use: the Mediating Effect of Social Self-Efficacy and Moderating Effect of Rejection Sensitivity
Authors
Xiaojun Sun
Yamei Zhang
Gengfeng Niu
Yuan Tian
Lei Xu
Changying Duan
Publication date
30-09-2021
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction / Issue 3/2023
Print ISSN: 1557-1874
Electronic ISSN: 1557-1882
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-021-00661-5

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