Internet use among African American college students: Psychosocial correlates of the digital divide
Pejcharat Jane Harvey, University of North Texas, United States
University of North Texas . Awarded
An exploratory study was conducted examining Internet usage among African-American college students. The study examined both psychosocial correlates, including technological anxiety and racial identity as well as socioeconomic measures, as they impacted Internet usage. Additionally, three distinct measures of Internet usage, thin access, thick access and the Internet Connectedness Index (ICI), were used as criterion variables in three separate multiple regression analysis (MRA) models. The results of the study found differences in predictive validity based on the criterion variable used, with the ICI accounting for the greatest amount of variance (54%). Racial identity, in terms of internal beliefs and feelings about being African American and internalization of Afrocentric values in a political context were found to be predictive of Internet usage as measured by the ICI.
Harvey, P.J. Internet use among African American college students: Psychosocial correlates of the digital divide. Ph.D. thesis, University of North Texas.
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