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Could Military Commanders’ Good Leadership Influence Subordinates’ Smartphone Overdependence? A Serial Mediation Analysis

Seungju Hyun1, Xyle Ku1,2, Sungrok Kang1, Yoonyoung Choi1, Jaewon Ko1, Hyunyup Lee1,*

1 Department of Psychology, Korea Military Academy, Seoul, 01805, Korea
2 Department of Psychology, Seoul National University, Seoul, 08826, Korea

* Corresponding Author: Hyunyup Lee. Email: email

International Journal of Mental Health Promotion 2023, 25(11), 1187-1195. https://doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2023.030745

Abstract

Owing to the ubiquitous use of smartphones by soldiers, military researchers have an increasing interest in potentially problematic side effects such as smartphone overdependence. This raises a question regarding the psychological mechanisms underlying the potentially self-damaging use of smartphones. Here, we address this question by analyzing how heterogeneity in commander’s good leadership explains subordinate soldiers’ differences in self-control and smartphone use. Specifically, we found that subordinate soldiers who thought their commander's leadership was good were self-regulated, less dependent on smartphones, less stressed, and finally had good mental health. This result indicates that commander’s good leadership can be used to estimate whether subordinate soldiers exert control over their impulses and use their smartphones properly. Thus, the current findings help to identify external factors that lead to a better understanding of problematic smartphone use and can potentially help to design appropriate preventive mechanisms or interventions that target commander’s good leadership.

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Hyun, S., Ku, X., Kang, S., Choi, Y., Ko, J. et al. (2023). Could Military Commanders’ Good Leadership Influence Subordinates’ Smartphone Overdependence? A Serial Mediation Analysis. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 25(11), 1187–1195.



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