The Covid-19 outbreak has shaken all bases of society. Abrupt changes in human social interactions were adopted and online learning mode of study were implemented, in order to keep students at home and contain the spread of Covid-19. Internet usage among students therefore increased during this time, as well as susceptibility of development of internet addiction. The present study aimed at investigating correlations and gender variations of online self-regulated learning (OSRL), academic stress, academic procrastination and internet addiction. It also intended to analyse the relative contribution of predictive variables on internet addiction, as well to examine to which extent social support moderates such relationships. During the study, 150 university worldwide university students with age ranging from 18-57 years old (83.3% females, 16.7% male) participated by filling out an online survey between November 2020 and January 2021, regarding levels of OSRL, academic stress, academic procrastination, social support and internet addiction. Correlation, independent T-test, hierarchical multiple regression analyses and PROCESS program were implemented for data analysis. It was revealed that: 1) there was a significant positive relationship between internet addiction, academic stress (r = .436, p < .01) and academic procrastination (r = .263, p < .01) but not with OSRL (r = -.005); 2) a main effect was found demonstrating that OSRL, academic stress and academic procrastination could significantly explain internet addiction among university students 3) a marginally significant gender differences were found only on academic stress with females (M=47.69, SD=10.83) scoring higher than males (M=42.76, SD=14.10); and 4) no significant moderation effects of social support were found in the relation between predictive variables and internet addiction. These findings shed light on the importance of maintain adequate levels of OSRL behaviour during the online learning study mode as well as developing techniques and tailored programs to decrease levels of academic stress, academic procrastination and subsequently rates of internet addiction among university students. All rights reserved.
|Qualification||Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours)|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- Online self-regulated learning behavior
- Academic stress
- Academic procrastination
- Social support
- Internet addiction
- Online learning
- Mental health
- Theses and Dissertations
- Thesis (BSocSc(Psy))--The Education University of Hong Kong, 2021.