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ArtikelAdolescents' Identity Experiments on the Internet : Consequences for Social Competence and Self-Concept Unity  
Oleh: Valkenburg, Patti M. ; Peter, Jochen
Jenis: Article from Journal - ilmiah internasional
Dalam koleksi: Communication Research vol. 35 no. 2 (Apr. 2008), page 208-231.
Topik: Internet; instant messaging; chat; identity; social competence; social skills; loneliness; social anxiety; self-concept unity; self-concept clarity
Fulltext: Vol 35, no 2, page 208-231.pdf (175.97KB)
Isi artikelThe aim of this study was to investigate the effects of adolescents’ online identity experiments on their social competence and self-concept unity. An online survey was conducted among 1,158 Dutch adolescents between 10 and 17 years of age. Using structural equation modeling, the authors investigated the validity of four opposing effects hypotheses in an integrative antecedents-and-effects model. Adolescents who more often experimented with their identity on the Internet more often communicated online with people of different ages and cultural backgrounds. This communication, in turn, had a positive effect on adolescents’ social competence but did not affect their self-concept unity. In particular, lonely adolescents used the Internet to experiment with their identity. The social competence of lonely adolescents benefited significantly from these online identity experiments.
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