Digital media and wellbeing among children and adolescents in Ticino

MEDIATICINO

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MEDIATICINO is a research project that started in 2014. It investigates the impact of new media on the well-being of students in Ticino during their transition from the preadolescent to the adolescent age. This longitudinal study consists of an annual survey among almost1400 students from the fourth grade of elementary school (9 to 10 years of age), a biennial survey among their parents (from 2014 to 2019), and the integration of students' year-term grades. In 2018 and 2019, thanks to funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the researchers had the opportunity to collect objective information on screen time and app usage directly from students’ smartphone, through the Ethica app. To underline this innovative aspect, the project has been renamed in “MEDIATICINO2.0”. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Department of Education, Culture and Sport (DECS), responsible for all public schools, and the two private schools Istituto Elvetico and Collegio Papio.

Principal Investigator

Anne-Linda Camerini

 

Co-Investigator

Laura Marciano

 

Collaborators

Susanna Morlino (Ondata 8)

Margot Carcuro (Ondata 8)

Benedetta Bernasconi (Ondata 7)

Elisa Galmarini (Ondata 7)

Kleona Bezani (Ondata 7)

Chiara Antonietti (Ondata 6)

Anica Ilic (Ondata 3 e 5)

Federica Mongillo (Ondata 4)

Giovanni Franscella (Ondata 3)

Ilaria Mammolo (Assistente Studente Ondata 2)

Serena Quinto (Ondate 1 e 2)

 

 

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  • Publications

    Marciano, L., Viswanath, K., Morese, R., Camerini, A. L. (accepted). Screen time and adolescents' mental health before and after the Covid-19 lockdown in Switzerland: A natural experiment. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 2616.

    Marciano, L., Schulz, P. J., & Camerini, A. L. (2022). How do depression, duration of internet use and social connection in adolescence influence each other over time? An extension of the RI-CLPM including contextual factorsComputers in Human Behavior, 136, 107390. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2022.107390

    Marciano, L., & Camerini, A. L. (2022). Duration, frequency, and time distortion: Which is the best predictor of problematic smartphone use in adolescents? A trace data studyPLoS ONE 17(2): e0263815. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0263815

    Marciano, L., Driver, C.C., Schulz, P. J., & Camerini, A. L. (2022). Dynamics of adolescents’ smartphone use and well-being are positive but ephemeralScientific Reports,1316. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-05291-y

    Marciano, L., & Camerini, A. L. (2021). Recommendations on screen time, sleep, and physical activity: Associations with academic achievement in Swiss adolescentsPublic Health, 198, 211-217. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2021.07.027

    Marciano, L., Schulz, P. J., & Camerini, A. L. (2021). How smartphone use becomes problematic: Application of the ALT-SR model to study the predicting role of personality traitsComputers in Human Behavior, 106731. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.106731

    Antonietti, C., Camerini, A. L., & Marciano, L. (2020) The impact of self-esteem, family and peer cohesion on social appearance anxiety in adolescence: Examination of the mediating role of copingInternational Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 25(1), 1089-1102, https://doi.org/10.1080/02673843.2020.1858888

    Filipponi, C., Petrocchi, S., & Camerini, A. L. (2020). Bullying and substance use in early adolescence: Investigating longitudinal and reciprocal effects over three years using the random intercept cross-lagged panel model. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 571943. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.571943

    Camerini, A.L., Gerosa, T., & Marciano, L. (2020). Predicting smartphone addiction in adolescence: A latent class regression analysis of online and offline activities. New Media & Societyhttps://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820948809

    Marciano, L., Petrocchi, S., & Camerini, A.L. (2020). Parental knowledge of children’s screen time: The role of parent-child relationship and communication. Communication Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0093650220952227

    Camerini, A.L., Schulz, P.J., & Jeannet, A.M. (2018). The social inequalities of internet access, its use, and the impact on children’s academic performance: Evidence from a longitudinal study in Switzerland. New Media & Society, 20(7), 2489-2508. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444817725918.

    Camerini, A.L., & Schulz, P.J. (2018). Social desirability bias in child-report social well-being: Evaluation of the Children's Social Desirability Short Scale using Item Response Theory and examination of its impact on self-report family and peer relationships. Child Indicators Research, 11(4), 1159-1174. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-017-9472-9.

    Camerini, A.L., & Schulz, P.J. (2019). Two perspectives are better than one: Applying the actor-partner interdependence model to self-report media studies with children and their parents. In: Naab, T., Kühne, R., & Peter, C. (Eds.) Measuring Media Use and Exposure: Recent Developments and Challenges (pp. 90-113). Herbert von Halem Verlag.

    Camerini, A.L., Cafaro, T., Vanetta, F., & Schulz, P.J. (2017). L'uso dei media, il rendimento scolastico e il comportamento sociale degli allievi a scuola. Scuola Ticinese, 328, 51-55.

    Camerini, A.L., Quinto, S., & Cafaro, T. (2015). L’uso dei media, il rendimento scolastico e il comportamento sociale degli alunni a scuola. Scuola Ticinese, 322, 69-73.

    Schulz, P.J., Quinto, S., & Cafaro, T. (2013). Accesso ai media, uso dei media e rendimento scolastico: primi risultati di un’indagine pilota in due classi di scuola elementare. Scuola Ticinese. 318, 11-13.