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Master of Arts (MA)
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Committee Member 2
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Using Communication Theory of Identity as a framework, this study compared an individual’s online and offline personal-enacted identity gap and examined the effect of each personal-enacted identity gap on individuals’ psychological well-being, as well as tested four cross-contextual predictors for online and offline personal-enacted identity gaps.
Survey data were collected from 214 participants on Amazon M-Turk. A sequence of hypotheses was tested. A questionnaire used for measuring individuals’ online personal-enacted identity gap was generated.
The result suggested individuals experience larger personal-enacted identity gap offline, which significantly negative predict individuals’ psychological well-being, whereas online personal-enacted identity gap positively predicts psychological well-being. Both online and offline personal-enacted identity gap mediate the effects of communication competence, social anxiety, online disinhibition, and social information control on individuals’ psychological well-being.
Wang, Ningyang, "Online and Offline Identity Gaps: Cross-Contextual Predictors and Psychological Outcome" (2020). Master's Theses. 726.