THE IMPACT OF ADOLESCENT RESILIENCE ON MOBILE PHONE ADDICTION IN MONTENEGRO AND SERBIA
Keywords:addiction, mobile phones, risk factors, adolescent resilience, Serbia, Montenegro
In the introductory part of this study, different approaches to the symptom-atology of “addiction” were first analyzed from mobile phones, and then research objectives related to epidemiological ones were set indicators of problematic use and “addiction” to mobile phones in Serbia and Montenegro, prediction of family risk factors and risk factors of early psychosocial development for the occurrence of this “addiction”, as well as proposing therapeutic measures to reduce adverse consequences of problematic use of mobile phones. The research was conducted on representative samples of 1,489 subjects in Montenegro and 3,003 respondents in Serbia using a standardized questionnaire of 16 questions with binary answers form. The results of the research showed very high rates of “addiction”, which come in terms of prevalence to the second place out of 11 examined behavioral “addictions”, examined within the wider framework research project. In both samples, risk factors that predict the emergence of problematic use were analyzed and “addiction” to mobile phones. In both countries, there are disorders of emotional and educational relation significant predictors, and in Montenegro still problems in learning and poor school performance, while in Serbia and sociopathic behaviors in childhood and early youth. The results show that coping style and various therapeutic methods and practical measures could mediate the relationship between adolescent resilience and mobile phone addiction among adolescents in Serbia and Montenegro.
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