ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
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An Investigation of the Associations between the Quality of Social Relationships and Smartphone Addiction in High School Students

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Directorate of National Education, Expert Psychological Counselor, Tokat, Turkey

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Department of Computer Education & Instructional Technologies, Gaziosmanpaşa University Faculty of Education, Tokat, Turkey

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Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance, Gaziosmanpaşa University Faculty of Education, Tokat, Turkey

Addicta 2020; 7: 29-40
DOI: 10.5152/addicta.2020.19074
Read: 192 Downloads: 66 Published: 06 April 2020

This study investigated the causal relationships between quality of social relationships and smartphone addiction in high school students. The research used exploratory sequential mixed design and was carried out in two stages: qualitative and quantitative. In the qualitative stage, a focus group interview was conducted to examine students’ views on the relationship between quality of social relationships and smartphone addiction. In the quantitative stage, a survey was conducted, using questions developed from findings obtained in the qualitative stage and various measurement tools. Participants included 11th and 12th graders. Eight participants recruited based on smartphone use took part in the qualitative stage, while 620 students were recruited on a voluntary-basis for the quantitative stage. An interview form developed by the authors was used in the qualitative stage, while the Smartphone Addiction Scale-Short Version, UCLA Loneliness Scale-Short Form, Perceptions of Parents Scale, and Social Self-Efficacy Scale were used in the quantitative stage. Content analysis was carried out on qualitative data, and multiple linear regression was conducted on quantitative data. The findings revealed that smartphone addiction was positively associated with loneliness, multipurpose smartphone use, social media, and having nothing to do, and negatively associated with perception of one’s mother, perception of one’s father, and spending quality time with friends. Social media had the highest contribution to the variance in smartphone addiction.

Cite this article as: Alkın, S., Bardakcı, S., & İlhan, T. (2020). An investigation of the associations between the quality of social relationships and smartphone addiction in high school students. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 7(1), 29-40.

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