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DOI:    Published online October 11, 2018.
Mediating Effect of Internet Addiction on the Association between Resilience and Depression among Korean University Students: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach
Kwok Kei Mak1, Jaeseung Jeong2, Hye-Kyung Lee3, Kounseok Lee4
1Department of Statistics, Keimyung University, Daegu, Republic of Korea
2Department of Bio and Brain Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, Republic of Korea
3Department of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health, Kongju National University, Gongju, Republic of Korea
4Department of Psychiatry, Gangnam Eulji Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Correspondence: Kounseok Lee ,Tel: +82-2-3438-1155, Fax: +82-2-3438-1001, Email:
Received: February 22, 2018   Revised: July 7, 2018   Accepted: August 7, 2018   Published online: October 11, 2018

This study examined the mediating role of internet addiction in the association between psychological resilience and depressive symptoms.
837 Korean university students completed a survey with items of demographic information, Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC), Internet Addiction Test (IAT), and Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) in 2015. The complex associations among psychological resilience, internet addiction, and depressive symptoms were delineated using structural equation models.
In the most parsimonious model, the total effect and indirect effect of resilience on depressive symptoms via internet addiction, were statistically significant. The goodness of fit of the measurement model was satisfactory with fit indices, normed fit index (NFI) of 0.990, non-normed fit index (NNFI) of 0.997, comparative fit index (CFI) of 0.998, root mean square error (RMSEA) of 0.018 (90%CI=0.001–0.034); and Akaike Information Criterion (AIC) of -21.049.
The association between psychological resilience and depressive symptoms was mediated by internet addiction in Korean university students. Enhancement of resilience programs could help prevent internet addiction and reduce the related depression risks.
Key words   Mediation, Internet addiction, Resilience, Depression, University students


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