Family functioning, positive youth development, and internet addiction in junior secondary school students: Structural equation modeling using AMOS

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This paper illustrates the procedure of testing full latent variable models using AMOS. Based on a sample of 4106 secondary school students in Hong Kong, the relationships among family functioning, positive youth development, and internet addiction were tested with the AMOS 17.0 program. Several competing models were examined and compared. The results revealed that both positive youth development and family functioning predicted internet addition among adolescents negatively. Higher level of family functioning also had indirect effects on students' internet addictive behaviors through partial mediation of positive youth development. This study highlights the importance of promoting positive youth development and strengthening family functioning in reducing internet addiction in Hong Kong secondary school students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-238
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014


  • AMOS
  • Chinese adolescents
  • family
  • full latent variable model testing
  • internet addiction
  • positive youth development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing

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