The relationship between the digital divide and the well-being of older adults: the mediating role of learned helplessness and the moderating role of growth mindset

TitleThe relationship between the digital divide and the well-being of older adults: the mediating role of learned helplessness and the moderating role of growth mindset
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2024
AuthorsZheng, Q, Wang, W
JournalCurrent Psychology
KeywordsDigital Divide, Growth Mindset, Learned Helplessness, Well-being
Abstract

With the advancement of technology, digitalization has brought many conveniences to people's lives. However, older adults are facing the digital divide, which may affect their well-being. This study employed two sub-studies to investigate the influence of the digital divide on the well-being of older adults and explore its underlying mechanisms. Study 1 used a sample of 3,993 older adults from the US Health and Retirement Study (HRS) database to examine the mediating role of learned helplessness in the association between the digital divide and the well-being of older adults. Study 2 administered self-report questionnaires to 226 Chinese older adults to assess the moderating effect of growth mindset on the association between the digital divide and the well-being of older adults. The results showed that digital divide is negatively associated with the well-being of older adults. Learned helplessness mediates the relationship between the digital divide and the well-being of older adults. Growth mindset moderates the relationship between the digital divide and learned helplessness among older adults. Growth mindset also moderates the mediating pathway of learned helplessness in the relationship between the digital divide and the well-being of older adults. © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2024.

DOI10.1007/s12144-024-05974-x
Citation KeyZheng2024