The Moderating Effect of Vagal Regulation On the Relation between Marital Conflict andInternet Addiction

[Speaker] Wang, Zhenhong:1
[Co-author] Zhang, Hui:1, Yang, Xiaojun:1
1:Shaanxi Normal University (China (People's Republic of China))

Abstract: Although association between marital conflict and adolescent's internet addiction is well established, less is known about individual differences (such as physiological regulation) that can have an impact on this relation. The present study replicated the association between marital conflict and internet addiction using a sample of middle and high school students and assessed the influence of adolescent's vagal regulation in moderating the marital conflict-internet addiction link. Elevated marital conflict was predictive of more internet addiction problems, and greater vagal suppression (indexed by respiratory sinus arrhythmia) to a simulated argument was protective against internet addiction problems associated with marital conflict. Findings are supportive of the value of a biopsychosocial perspective and indicate that individuals' vagal regulation can contribute to the aggregation or amelioration of risk for internet addiction in the context of exposure to marital conflict.
Keyword: marital conflict, internet addiction, vagal regulation
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