Parental vigilance, low self-control, and Internet dependency among rural adolescents

Magda Javakhishvili, Alexander T. Vazsonyi

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It is well established that parental supervision reduces the chance of adolescent problem behaviors. As the Internet has become a near-constant part of daily life, for communication, for leisure, or for education, it has led to new concerns about healthy adolescent development. Based on previous research and theory, the present study hypothesized that parental vigilance, assessed as maternal closeness and monitoring, and parental Internet monitoring would be negatively associated with Internet dependency, and that these links would be mediated by low self-control. Based on a school-based sample of adolescents (N=620; 14-19 years, 46% male) residing in a rural county in the Southeastern United States, results provided partial support for the study hypotheses. Only indirect effects of parenting were supported by the data. More specifically, findings provided evidence that parental vigilance acted as a protective factor for Internet dependency mediated through low self-control. Implications and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChild and Adolescent Online Risk Exposure
Subtitle of host publicationAn Ecological Perspective
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780128174999
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

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  • Adolescents
  • Internet dependency
  • Low self-control
  • Parental internet monitoring
  • Parental vigilance
  • Rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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