Title

A Six‐Year Longitudinal Study of Texting Trajectories During Adolescence

Keywords

Texting in adolescence, Adolescence, Media, Social Media

Abstract

This study examined growth trajectories of texting (and other media) over a 6‐year time period. Participants were 425 adolescents from Washington, USA (age 13 at Time 1, age 18 at Time 6; 48% male, 68% European American). Analyses suggested a curvilinear pattern for texting and social media use, with rates peaking during midadolescence. There was also considerable heterogeneity in trajectories of texting. A growth mixture model revealed four distinct classes of individuals: perpetuals (14%), decreasers (7%), moderates (68%), and increasers (11%). Higher levels of depression, being a male, and coming from a single‐parent family predicted being a “perpetual” texter. Perpetuals had the most problematic outcomes compared to other classes, including higher depression, anxiety, aggression, and poor relationships with fathers.

Original Publication Citation

Coyne, S. M., Padilla-Walker, L. M., & *Holmgren, H. G. (2018). A six-year longitudinal study of texting trajectories during adolescence. Child Development, 89, 58-65.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017-05-07

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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