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Impact of academic stress by parent-proxy on parents' learning-support-services: a moderated-mediation model of health anxiety by parents' educational level

Chenhui Wang (Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China)
Suqi Li (Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China)
Yu-Sheng Su (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 9 August 2022

Issue publication date: 18 April 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study focused on parents' health anxiety by proxy about their children when they started learning online during the COVID-19 pandemic, to explore the impact of academic stress by parent-proxy on parents' learning support services with the mediating role of health anxiety by parent-proxy and the moderating role of parental educational level.

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 8,940 primary school students' parents participated in the study. Bootstrapping was performed to test the constructed model.

Findings

(1) Academic stress by parent-proxy positively predicted health anxiety by parent-proxy. (2) Health anxiety by parent-proxy significantly positively predicted learning support services. (3) Academic stress by parent-proxy also significantly positively predicted learning support services. (4) Academic stress by parent-proxy positively predicted parents' learning support services through the mediating effect of health anxiety by parent-proxy. (5) Parental educational level moderated the relationship between academic stress by parent-proxy, health anxiety by parent-proxy, and learning support services. Academics and parents will benefit from the conclusions of this study in both theory and practice.

Originality/value

During the COVID-19 pandemic, offline learning has been replaced with online learning, which has brought with it many physical and mental health problems, including additional academic stress. Most studies on learning support services have focused on offline learning. However, this study explored the relationships between academic stress by parent-proxy, health anxiety by parent-proxy, learning support services, and parental educational level in the context of online learning. Results show that it is necessary to pay attention to academic stress and health to provide children with appropriate learning support services.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This study was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan under two government grants (MOST 111-2410-H-019-006-MY3, MOST 111-2622-H-019-001, and MOST 109-2511-H-019-004-MY2).

Citation

Wang, C., Li, S. and Su, Y.-S. (2023), "Impact of academic stress by parent-proxy on parents' learning-support-services: a moderated-mediation model of health anxiety by parents' educational level", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 41 No. 1, pp. 192-209. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-07-2022-0329

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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