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Information, interaction and creative production: The effects of three forms of Internet use on youth democratic engagement
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Media and communication studies)
2015 (English)In: Communication Research, ISSN 0093-6502, E-ISSN 1552-3810, Vol. 42, no 6, p. 796-818Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines the effects of informational, interactional and creative forms of Internet use on behavioral and cognitive indicators of youth democratic engagement. Data from an extensive two-wave panel survey of Swedish adolescents (N = 1,520) were examined. Results show that the effects of informational and interactional Internet use on political participation are indirect, with online political interactions acting as an intervening variable. In addition, creative production was found to be a direct positive predictor of online and offline political participation, but negatively related to political knowledge. The effects were statistically significant even when accounting for self-selection and previous levels of democratic engagement. Taken together, these findings contribute novel theoretical insights into the mechanisms by which Internet use may encourage or hinder youths’ democratic engagement.

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2015. Vol. 42, no 6, p. 796-818
Keywords [en]
Internet use, political participation, democratic engagement, political knowledge, youth
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Media Studies
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-27194DOI: 10.1177/0093650213476295ISI: 000358082800003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84937215780OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-27194DiVA, id: diva2:602064
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Political Socialization and Human Agency: The Development of Civic Engagement from Adolescence to Young Adulthood
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Riksbankens JubileumsfondAvailable from: 2013-01-31 Created: 2013-01-31 Last updated: 2018-08-28Bibliographically approved

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