Escaping or connecting? Characteristics of youth who form close online relationships.

Academic Article


  • We used data from a US national sample of Internet users, ages 10-17 (N=1501), to explore the characteristics of youth who had formed close relationships with people they met on the Internet (n=210). Girls who had high levels of conflict with parents or were highly troubled were more likely than other girls to have close online relationships, as were boys who had low levels of communication with parents or were highly troubled, compared to other boys. Age, race and aspects of Internet use were also related. We know little about the nature or quality of the close online relationships, but youth with these sorts of problems may be more vulnerable to online exploitation and to other possible ill effects of online relationships. At the same time, these relationships may have helpful aspects.
  • Authors


    Publication Date

  • February 2003
  • Published In


  • Adolescent
  • Affective Symptoms
  • Child
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Escape Reaction
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Male
  • Object Attachment
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Risk
  • Safety
  • Sex Factors
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 12550824
  • Start Page

  • 105
  • End Page

  • 119
  • Volume

  • 26
  • Issue

  • 1