Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Robin J. Lewis
Mark W. Scerbo
This study examined the influence of depression symptoms, social anxiety symptoms, and adult attachment style on the use and the perceptions of the quality of cyber communications with close friends, romantic partners, and family members. One hundred thirty-five individuals completed an initial survey, with sixty five of the original group completing a follow-up survey five weeks later. Results indicated that anxious attachment was associated with a greater reported usage of social networking sites, whereas avoidant attachment predicted less instant message use over time. Depression symptoms and avoidant attachment were generally associated with perceptions of higher negativity and lower positivity with some of the target groups, where as social anxiety symptoms were generally associated with perceptions of more positive interactions. These findings indicate that depression symptoms, social anxiety symptoms, and attachment are differentially associated with quantity and perceived quality of use of cyber communication. Implications for understanding the relationship between psychological symptoms and problematic interpersonal behavior via social networking, activities are discussed.
LaTulip, Stefan E..
"Depression, Social Anxiety, and Attachment as Predictors of the Use and Quality of Cyber Communication"
(2013). Master of Science (MS), thesis, Psychology, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/91vv-cg92