Interrelationship Between Fandom Activities and Depression of Teenagers


Fandom activities are a hobby and part of life for many people around the world. In particular, for teenagers with great interest in pop culture and celebrities, celebrities are factors that affect various aspects of their overall lives. in this study, we would like to examine not only the effect of fandom activities, which are major components of youth’s lives, on depression but also the effect of depression on fandom activities. The subjects of this study were 933 first-year Korean high school students who responded to the fourth survey of the KCYPS 2018 panel survey, saying, "I have a favorite celebrity or athlete". As a result of the study, first, depression and fandom activities were found to be mutually influential. Second, Gender, dependence on smartphones, parents' parenting attitude, peer relationships, self-esteem, and grades were found to be factors affecting fandom activities and depression in teenagers. Based on the results, this study would like to propose implications for youth fandom culture and mental health.

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Yoo Kyung Son, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
Hwajo Lee, Ewha Womans University, South Korea

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Conference: KAMC2023
Stream: Cultural Studies

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Son Y., & Lee H. (2023) Interrelationship Between Fandom Activities and Depression of Teenagers ISSN: 2436-0503 – The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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