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Prevalence of Internet addiction and its association with depression, anxiety and stress among medical students in Malaysia

Al-Ani, Ali Sabri Radeef and Faisal, Ghasak Ghazi (2018) Prevalence of Internet addiction and its association with depression, anxiety and stress among medical students in Malaysia. Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, 6 (3). pp. 1-17. ISSN 2282-1619

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Background: Using the internet excessively by students is known to cause internet addiction (IA) which may result in negative consequences such as decline in academic performance, social isolation, and emotional disturbances. This study aims to assess IA and its association with emotional disturbances among medical students. Methods: A sample of 268 medical students participated in this study. Internet addiction was assessed using Malay version of Chen Internet addiction Scale while the prevalence and severity of depression, anxiety and stress were assessed by Depression Anxiety, Stress Scale (DASS-21). 2 RADEEF & FAISAL Results: The rate of IA among students was 22.8%. No significant differences in terms of gender and other socio-demographic factors. IA was significantly associated and positively correlated with depression and anxiety symptoms but has inverse correlation with social interaction. Multiple linear regression analysis showed that stress (β = 0.261, P = 0.005) was a significantly important risk factor. Conclusions: IA is potentially high among medical students. Male and female students are equally affected. IA is significantly higher among students with poor social interaction. IA has a positive correlation with depression, anxiety and stress symptoms but inverse correlation with social interaction and stress can be considered as a predictive factor for IA.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6563/68859
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Students, Malaysia
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine > RZ400 Mental healing
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Dentistry
Kulliyyah of Dentistry > Department of Fundamental Dental and Medical Sciences
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Psychiatry
Depositing User: Assoc.Prof Ghasak Ghazi Al-Atrakchi
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 10:39
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 09:37
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/68859

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