The Effects of Stress on Smartphone Addiction in University Students -Mediator Effects of Depression-

대학생의 스트레스가 스마트폰 중독에 미치는 영향 -우울감을 매개효과로-

Lee, Mi-Young

  • Received : 2019.01.29
  • Accepted : 2019.02.19
  • Published : 2019.03.28


The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship among stress, smartphone addiction, and depression of university students and whether depression is mediators in the relationship between stress and smartphone addiction. For this purpose, data were collected from May 1st to 31, 2017 from 400 university students, and analyzed 381 valid ones. Frequency analysis, reliability analysis, correlation analysis and regression analysis were used as analysis methods; and the Soble test was conducted in addition to verification of mediator effect according to procedures of Baron & Kenny(1986) for verification of mediator effect. The results of this study are as follows. First, stress of the subjects was positively correlated with depression(employment stress r=.353, economic stress r=.193, heterosexual relationship stress r=.138) and smartphone addiction(employment stress r=.262, economic stress r=.178, heterosexual relationship stress r=.190). Second, depression was a statistically significant partial mediator between employment-stress and smartphone addiction(Z=2.7151, p<.001). Based on the results of this study, I proposed education/counseling programs that can relieve employment-stress and depression.


University Students;Stress;Smartphone Addiction;Depression