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Adolescents’ experience of offline and online risks: separate and joint propensities

Görzig, Anke (2016) Adolescents’ experience of offline and online risks: separate and joint propensities. Computers in Human Behavior, 56. pp. 9-13. ISSN 0747-5632

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.11.006


Adolescence is a period of increased risk experience and ever more often these occur online. The current study aims to investigate whether adolescents' online and offline risk experiences are driven by the same general propensity to risks. Data from a representative study of N = 19,406 (50% girls) internet-using 11–16 year olds (M = 13.54, SD = 1.68) youth in Europe were subjected to the current analyses. Three confirmatory factor analyses were applied to measures of offline and online risk experiences (five each). A bi-factor model of a general risk factor and two specific factors of online and offline risks was shown to provide the best theoretical and empirical fit. All risk experiences loaded significantly on the general risk factor while additionally all offline risks loaded significantly on the offline risk factor. However, none of the online risks loaded significantly on the online risk factor. Online risks could not be explained by factors that go beyond a general propensity to experience risks suggesting that new technologies do not bring with them a new type of risk propensity driven by that environment. Interventions should target risk and protective factors that can account for adolescents’ experiences across risk types (online and offline).

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Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2015 09:16
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 05:58

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