4.5. Family relationships
Differents studies have examined the influence of familiar context on the Internet use of adolescents . Particulary, communicative forms and unsatisfactory familiar relations have been related to intensive and problematic use of the Internet, and more specifically with applications orientated to interaction and communication .
Regarding this point, the questionnaire contained a question which tried to investigate the subjective perception that the adolescents had of the type of relationship they had with their parents. Specifically, they were asked to indicate the way in which they rated their relationship with their parents, being able to choose from six possibilities: “Total trust: my parents trust me and I tell them everything that happens to me”, “Fairly close: we often talk about issues that worry us”, “My parents are very authoritarian and we hardly communicate”, “My parents are very authoritarian, but they listen to me”, “My parents have no idea what is happening in my life and I think they don’t even care” and, lastly, the option “Other” was included.
This question was transformed and recoded to capture two options: close and communicative relationships and authoritarian relationships (items one and two, coded as value 1) and/or with scarce or no communication (items three, four and five, coded as value 0); finally, the “other” option was treated as missing values by the system.
Other variables collected through the questionnaire and which were used in this study were: age (collected as a continuous variable), sex (man=0 and woman=1) and access to Internet from their own bedroom. Finally, the educational level variable, which was originally going to be included in the analysis, was eliminated in the end due to the high correlation with age, which could distort the results of the factor analysis.