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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00428

Relationship between Parental Rejection and Problematic Mobile Phone Use in Chinese University Students: Mediating Roles of Perceived Discrimination and School Engagement

 Jianjun Zhu1,  Ruiqin Xie1, Yuanyuan Chen1 and  Wei Zhang1*
  • 1School of Psychology, South China Normal University, China

In order to clarify the onset mechanism of problematic mobile phone use, and to develop better strategies to prevent and treat problematic mobile phone use, the current study tested the negative impact of parental rejection on problematic mobile phone use and the mediating roles of perceived discrimination and school engagement in this association. The sample consisted of 356 Chinese university students (36.3% male) ranging from 17 to 19 years of age. Participants completed self-report questionnaires assessing parental rejection, perceived discrimination, school engagement and problematic mobile phone use. The results documented that parental rejection was a direct risk factor for problematic mobile phone use. This association were mediated by perceived discrimination, and there was also a sequential mediating effect in which perceived discrimination led in turn to low school engagement.

Keywords: Parental rejection, perceived discrimination, school engagement, problematic online game use, Problematic mobile phone use

Received: 21 Aug 2018; Accepted: 12 Feb 2019.

Edited by:

Yvette R. Harris, Miami University, United States

Reviewed by:

Claudio Longobardi, University of Turin, Italy
Xia Liu, Beijing Normal University, China
Ji-Won Chun, Catholic University of Korea, South Korea  

Copyright: © 2019 Zhu, Xie, Chen and Zhang. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Wei Zhang, School of Psychology, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, 510631, Guangdong Province, China,