Predictors of problematic smartphone use among young adult lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic: a four-year follow-up study.

Publication date: Dec 05, 2023

This 4-year follow-up study was conducted to evaluate the predictive effects of prepandemic individual and environmental factors on problematic smartphone use (PSU) among young adult lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data on prepandemic PSU, demographics, sexual stigma (e. g., perceived sexual stigma from family members, internalized sexual stigma, and sexual microaggression), self-identity confusion (e. g., disturbed identity, unconsolidated identity, and lack of identity), anxiety, depression, and family support were collected from 1,000 LGB individuals between August 2018 and June 2019. The participants’ PSU was surveyed again after 4 years (between August 2022 and June 2023). The associations of prepandemic individual and environmental factors with PSU at follow-up were analyzed through linear regression. In total, 673 (67. 3%) participants completed the follow-up assessment. The severity of PSU significantly decreased after 4 years (p = . 001). Before the incorporation of PSU at baseline into the analysis model, the results of the model revealed that high levels depressive symptoms (p 

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Concepts Keywords
June Bisexual
Lesbian Gay
Pandemic Lesbian
Smartphone Psychological well-being
Sexual stigma


Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19 pandemic
disease VO LACK
pathway REACTOME Reproduction
drug DRUGBANK Coenzyme M
disease VO USA
disease MESH lifestyles
disease MESH psychological distress
disease MESH bullying
disease VO population
disease IDO intervention
drug DRUGBANK L-Valine
disease MESH Smartphone addiction
disease MESH Homosexuality
disease VO frequency
disease VO time
disease VO report
disease MESH AIDS
drug DRUGBANK Trestolone
disease VO Canada
disease MESH mobile phone addiction
disease MESH impulsivity
disease MESH ADHD
disease IDO replication
drug DRUGBANK Guanosine
disease VO company
disease MESH personality disorders

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