Factor Analysis of a Model of Socialization and Trust in Internet Dependency among Junior High School

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Abstract

This study evaluates the validity and reliability of a restricted structural model that brings together
factors relating to online socialization, trust, and Internet dependency in junior high students. Its practical
purpose is to explain the coherence and relevance of factors in the theoretical model by way of a multiple
regression and correlation analysis. The sample was made up of 4,563 students from public junior high
schools in Mexico. The factor analysis revealed that factors relating to online socialization and trust have
a direct and indirect impact on Internet dependency in adolescents, which is consistent with the
theoretical model proposed. The correlation tests showed convergent validity and high and significant
structural coefficients. The results indicate that junior high students exhibit Internet dependency
resulting from sociability processes not just with their peers and family, but also strangers, as presented
in the model tested.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBaja California
Volume21
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • Communication
  • social media
  • Internet
  • dependence
  • junior high school

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