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Internet addiction among pharmacy undergraduate students in Malaysia

Al-Ani, Ali Sabri Radeef and Faisal, Ghasak Ghazi (2020) Internet addiction among pharmacy undergraduate students in Malaysia. IIUM Journal of Orofacial and Health Sciences, 1 (2). pp. 78-83. ISSN 2735-0584

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Internet addiction occurs due to excessive and uncontrolled use of the internet. It may hinder academic achievement and lead to reduction in quality of life of the students. This study aims to assess the prevalence of internet addiction (IA) among pharmacy students.A sample of 223 students from Kulliyyah of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Malaysia participated in this study.Chen Internet Addiction Scale (CIAS) was used to assess the prevalence of Internet addiction. The prevalence of IA among pharmacy students was 26.9% while 13.5% were at higher risk for addiction. Although the mean score was higher among male students but it was not statistically significant (P>0.05). IA is significantly higher among students who are spending more than 40 hours per week online. Students with poor social interaction had higher mean CIAS score than those who were socially active, however the difference was not statistically significant (P>0.05) In conclusion, Internet addiction need to be addressed early to prevent its effects on physical and mental wellbeing. Students need to be educated about controlling and managing time spent online to avoid progression into internet addiction.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6563/85749
Uncontrolled Keywords: internet addiction, undergraduate, pharmacy, Malaysia
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
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
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Psychiatry
Depositing User: Asst. Prof. Dr. Ali Sabri Radeef Al-Ani
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 16:39
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2020 16:39
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/85749

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