Digital Resilience and Psychological Wellbeing of Italian Higher Education Students: An Exploratory Study

9th International Scientific Conference Technics and Informatics in Education – TIE 2022 (2022) стр. 431-437

АУТОР(И): Benedetta Ragni, Piergiorgio Guarini, Giusi Antonia Toto, Pierpaolo Limone

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DOI: 10.46793/TIE22.431R


Covid-19 pandemic has increased the use of technology in the educational field. While previous literature has demonstrated the benefits of using technology in educational environments, the risks related to problematic digital behaviors have been less investigated. Digital resilience represents a protective factor for students’ learning outcomes and emotional wellbeing. The main aim of this study was to explore Italian university students’ digital resilience levels and their psychological wellbeing in terms of stress and psychological resilience. 94 students (F=57.4%) aged 19-57 (M=31.11, SD=9.04) completed an ad-hoc questionnaire on digital resilience which included the Perceived Stress Scale, the KOP-26, and the Brief Resilience Scale. Descriptive statistics, item analysis, and bivariate correlations were performed. Results showed that Italian students reported higher levels of stress (M=21.53, SD=6.92) than the Italian normative sample. In addition to this, they perceived good levels of both psychological and digital resilience: they reported being aware of potential strategies for preparing for and responding to cyber threats and how to face negative online experiences. These results could usefully inform interventions aimed at helping them to recognize and manage risks and threats when online.


digital resilience; digital safety; psychological resilience; stress; higher education;


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