Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

#FoMO: Establishing validity of the Fear of Missing Out scale with an adolescent population
by Perrone, Michael A., Psy.D., Alfred University, 2016, 84; 10258061
Abstract (Summary)

Limited research has attempted to quantify Fear of Missing Out. Only one prior study has examined adolescents’ experience of Fear of Missing Out and did so with a small, homogenous Belgian sample. In order to expand upon this limited research base, the present study sought to examine Fear of Missing Out with an American adolescent sample. Specifically, the purpose of the present study was to analyze the reliability and validity of the Fear of Missing Out Scale (Przybylski, Murayama, DeHaan & Gladwell, 2013) that was originally developed with an adult population, as well as strengthen understanding of Fear of Missing Out as it pertained to specific demographics. Students (grades 5–12) participating in a large, urban school district after school program in North Texas were surveyed on their experience with Fear of Missing Out and frequency of social media engagement (n = 961; 55% male). Results of a principal components analysis confirmed the presence of a 1-factor model, maintaining all 10 original scale items with strong internal consistency (α = 0.93). Regression analysis suggested Fear of Missing Out was predictive of increased social media engagement ( p = .003). Gender and ethnicity were not related to Fear of Missing Out; grade level and Fear of Missing Out were inversely related, such that the older a student was, the less Fear of Missing Out was reported. Future researchers should utilize intentional and purposeful methodology for measuring social media engagement and focus on strengthening the validity and reliability of Fear of Missing Out as a unique construct. Further, theorists should consider updating their developmental perspectives related to adolescence based on advances in technology, media consumption, and interpersonal communication, particularly via social media. Practitioners are encouraged to understand and disseminate this information as it pertains to educating adolescents and their families about the benefits and costs of mobile technology and social media engagement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fugate, Mark
Commitee: Burch, Andrea, Byrne, Steve, Lauback, Cris
School: Alfred University
Department: Division of Counseling and School Psychology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Developmental psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Adolescent development, Anxiety, Fear of missing out, Social media, Technology
Publication Number: 10258061
ISBN: 978-1-369-61200-4
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