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Exploring an adverse effect of social media on adolescent’s mental health

A Halim, Mohd Radzi Tarmizi and Ibrahim, Muhamad Ariff and Nik Mohd Adib, Nik Adlin Nazrin and Hashim, Huzaini and Omar, Rosemaria (2023) Exploring an adverse effect of social media on adolescent’s mental health. International Journal of Allied Health Sciences, 7 (5). pp. 653-664. E-ISSN 2600-8491

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Background: Previous studies have reported that adolescent use of social media can have a negative impact on their mental health. In 2021, the National Institutes of Health Malaysia emphasized the urgent need to address digital-related mental health issues, which pose a significant gap in our understanding. Nevertheless, there has been a lack of research on the effects of social media addiction on the mental well-being of local adolescents. This study aims to examine the effect of social media use on mental health issues among adolescents in Kelantan, Malaysia. Methods: A total of 384 respondents voluntarily participated in this cross-sectional study involving ten districts in Kelantan using the snowball sampling method. Results: Analysed data finds social media addiction correlates significantly with depression (r = .390, p < .01), suicide ideation (r = .188, p < .01) and self-esteem (r = .156, p < .01). Multiple regression analysis indicated that suicide ideation was predicted by social media addiction (β = -.01, p < .05) and depression (β - .12, p < .01) but not self-esteem (β = -.002, p > .05). Furthermore, social media moderates the relationship between depression and suicidal ideation (β =.0016, p < .05). Conclusion: Controlling social media use may prevent addiction and promote greater mental health among adolescents.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 9321/109078
Uncontrolled Keywords: social media addiction, depression, self-esteem, suicidal ideation, adolescent, Malaysia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Nutrition Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Muhamad Ariff Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2023 08:33
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2023 08:33
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/109078

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