Mindfulness for sustainable internet use in Chinese junior secondary school students: a dual-path mediation model

Jianfen Wu*, Philip Li

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Abstract

Mindfulness training can reduce Internet addiction and promote sustainable development, but the possible mediators of this impact have not been thoroughly explored. This study explored the mediating roles of self-control and maladaptive cognitions in the association between mindful- ness and Internet addiction to fill this gap. Altogether, 771 Chinese adolescents (M = 13.87 years, SD = 0.78 years) were surveyed about their mindfulness, self-control, maladaptive cognitions, and In- ternet addiction. The confirmed model presented a good model fit and revealed that (i) mindfulness, self-control, maladaptive cognitions, and Internet addiction were significantly correlated; (ii) mind- fulness had indirect negative effects on Internet addiction, mediated by self-control; (iii) mindfulness had an indirect negative impact on Internet addiction, mediated by the path of self-control to maladap- tive cognitions; and (iv) this dual-path mediation model might apply to male and female adolescents. The results of the present study suggest that both self-control and maladaptive cognitions are key factors in the association between mindfulness and Internet addiction.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4626
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalSustainability
Volume13
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2021

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Keywords

  • internet addiction
  • mindfulness
  • self-control
  • maladaptive cognitions
  • path mediation model

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