A socio-cognitive inquiry of excessive mobile phone use

Author: Pourrazavi, S.; Allahverdipour, H.; Jafarabadi, M.A.; Matlabi, H.

Description: OBJECTIVES: The study examined the predictive ability of selected demographic and socio-psychological characteristics in explaining excessive mobile phone use (EMPU) behavior and problematic use in a sample of university students on the basis of the social cognitive theory.

METHODS: The sample consisted of 476 randomly selected university students in Tabriz, Iran. The study was cross-sectional in nature. A researcher-designed questionnaire was used for the purpose of data collection. No causal inferences were drawn due to non-experimental nature of the study.

RESULTS: It was found that having boyfriend/girlfriend increases the likelihood of EMPU while self-efficacy to avoid EMPU decreases it. Self-efficacy to avoid EMPU, self-regulation, observational learning, self-control, and attitude toward EMPU were predictors of mobile phone problematic use. The results provided a proper fit for a conceptual model of reciprocal determinism.

CONCLUSION: Although social cognitive constructs may predict mobile phone problematic use, they are not useful in predicting the behavior of EMPU.

Subject Headings: Adolescent; Adult; Age Factors; Behavior, Addictive/diagnosis/psychology; Cell Phone/utilization; Cognition; Cross-Sectional Studies; Employment; Female; Humans; Iran; Male; Middle Aged; Social Behavior; Social Control, Informal; Young Adult; Excessive mobile phone use; Mobile phone problematic use; Social cognitive theory

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Publication year: 2014

Journal or book title: Asian Journal of Psychiatry

Volume: 10


Pages: 84-89

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Type: Journal Article

Serial number: 2315