Prevalence of internet addiction and its association with general health status among high school Students in Isfahan city

Authors

1 Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.

3 MSc Student Research Committee and Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

4 MSc student of Clinical Psychology, Nayin Azad University.

5 Student Research Committee and Department of Public Health, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.

6 MSc Student Research Committee and Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Abstract

Background: Internet has played an increasingly important role in people’s lives; however, there is a global concern that it may be caused negative effects on health. The purposes of this study were to assess the prevalence of Internet addiction (IA) and it’s associated with general health status among high school students in Isfahan.
Methods: A cross-sectional study using a multistage proportionate sampling technique conducted among 10-15 year-old students in the Isfahan in Iran. A total of 721 students filled out a self-report questionnaire consisted of two parts; the first was Young Internet Addiction Test and the second was General Health Questionnaire (GHQ28). Data was analyzed by descriptive and inferential (ANOVA, t-test, and Pearson correlation) statistics using SPSS23 at 95% significant level.
Results: the prevalence rate of Internet addiction among adolescents was 41.2% non-addicts, 53.7% exposed to IA and 5.1% Internet addicts. Whereas there was a significant different between boys and girls in IA (P = 0.004). In this study, Internet addiction was found to have an independent relationship with parent education and household income but it had a significant negative relationship with the general health aspect including physical health(r=0.3,P

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