Relational Concerns, Excessive Texting and Social Functioning in University Students

Author :Maliha Nisar
Supervisor: Tahira Mubashar
Degree: M.Sc
Year: 2013-2015
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

This research investigated the relationship between relational concerns, excessive texting and social functioning in university students. It was hypothesized that; (1) there was likely to be a relationship in relational concerns, excessive texting and social functioning; (2) relational concerns and excessive texting were likely to predict social functioning. Correlational research design was employed while non-probability purposive sampling was used to recruit a sample of (N = 200) university students. The sample was collected from four universities of Lahore (University of Punjab, University of Lahore, University of Management Sciences and Technology and Government College University). Relationship Scale Questionnaire RSQ (Griffin & Bartholomew, 1994) was used to assess relational concerns, Text Message Dependency Scale TMDC (Igarashi, 2008) was used to measure excessive texting and Social Connectedness Scale SCS (Lee & Robbins, 1995) was employed to assess social functioning of university students. Data was analyzed using Pearson product moment correlation analysis, hierarchical multiple regression analysis and independent samples t-test. The findings revealed that social functioning had a significant negative relationship with relational concerns while a significant positive relationship with excessive texting. Relational concerns (fearful and dismissing) negatively predicted social functioning, whereas,75 excessive texting (emotional reaction) moderated the relationship between relational concerns (fearful items) and social functioning.

Keywords: Relational, Concerns, Excessive, Social functioning
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