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The relationship between gadget usage and the mental emotional state of schoolchildren during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lee, Siew Pien and Abdul Hamid, Siti Hazariah and Khalid, Nur Aifanadhirah (2023) The relationship between gadget usage and the mental emotional state of schoolchildren during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Care Scholars, 6 (1). pp. 40-46. ISSN 2600-898X

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Introduction: The COVID‑19 pandemic and associated public health measures have disrupted the mental health or well-being of children in some way. It is already evident that the increased use of gadgets and excessive screen time during the COVID-19 pandemic among children and adolescents has a significant influence on mental and emotional well-being among children. Objective: This study aimed to determine the association between device usage and the mentalemotional state of schoolchildren during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: This is a quantitative cross-sectional study. A questionnaire survey was employed using the Malay Parent-Report Version of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, conducted among 232 parents of schoolchildren aged 7 to 12 years. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to draw insights from the data. Results: The findings indicate a statistically significant relationship between gadget usage (including the duration of playing a gadget per day, the frequency of playing a gadget per week, the type of gadget, ownership of the gadget, and the use of a gadget) and mental emotional state among schoolchildren (p value ˂ 0.05). Conclusion: The outcomes of the study indicate that the pattern of electronic gadget usage has significantly impacted schoolchildren's mental and emotional states.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gadget Usage, Mental Emotional State, Schoolchildren, COVID-19 Pandemic
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing > RT86.4 Nurse and physician or other health professionals
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Nursing > Department of Special Care Nursing
Kulliyyah of Nursing
Depositing User: Dr Siew Pien Lee
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2023 10:26
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 10:26
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/104513

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