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Prevalence and associated factors of sleeping pills use among students in a Malaysian university

Al-Naggar, Redhwan Ahmed and Md Isa, Zaleha and Musa, Ramli (2010) Prevalence and associated factors of sleeping pills use among students in a Malaysian university. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, 11 (2). ISSN 2231-7791 (O), 1876-2018 (P)

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Abstract

Objective: This paper aimed to determine the prevalence of sleeping pills use among university students and its associated factors in Malaysia. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in January 2010 among 200 students from Management and Science University (MSU), Shah Alam, Malaysia. The survey was conducted by distributing self-administered questionnaires. The questionnaire was developed based on the literature review. The students were chosen randomly using convenience sampling. Results: A total of 200 university students participated in this study. The prevalence of using sleeping pills among university students is 7.5%. The majority of the participants were Malay 146 (73.0%), from urban area 169 (84.5%), from medical and health sciences background 101 (50.5%). This study showed that there is a significant relationship between using sleeping pills and depression (p= 0.03). There is also a significant relationship between using sleeping pills and inducing sleep by reading (p=0.04). Conclusion: The prevalence of sleeping pills usage among university students is relatively high. This study showed that there is a significant relationship between using sleeping pills and depression.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5818/4078
Uncontrolled Keywords: prevalence, sleeping pills use, university students, Malaysian
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Psychiatry
Depositing User: Professor Ramli Musa
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2011 14:35
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2011 15:09
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/4078

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