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Pathological internet use among Science students in Malaysia

Al-Ani, Ali Sabri Radeef and Faisal, Ghasak Ghazi and Dawood, Mohammed R (2021) Pathological internet use among Science students in Malaysia. British Journal of Medical & Health Sciences, 3 (8). pp. 1124-1130. E-ISSN 2326-4276

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Background: Heavy and prolonged internet use of internet can be pathological in the form of internet addiction. Pathological internet use has negative consequences especially among undergraduate students as it may lead to decline in the academic performance, social interaction, and mental well-being. This study aimed to assess pathological internet use among science students and its relation to psychological distress. Methods: A sample of 211students from kulliyyah (faculty) of science, International Islamic University Malaysia participated in this study. Chen Internet addiction Scale was used to assess pathological internet use while psychological well-being was assessed general health questionnaire (GHQ-12) Results: The prevalence of pathological internet use among science students was found to be 30.8% while 12.8% were at higher risk for addiction. No significant differences in terms of gender and other socio-demographic factors. Pathological internet use/IA is significantly higher among students who are using internet for more than 40 hours per week. IA was significantly higher among students and positively correlated with psychological distress. Conclusions: IA is considerably high among science students. Male and female students are equally affected. Students with pathological internet use are at higher risk for psychological distress.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health. Mental Illness Prevention
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Psychiatry
Depositing User: Asst. Prof. Dr. Ali Sabri Radeef Al-Ani
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 11:45
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2021 11:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/91877

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