The Status of Internet Addiction Disorder and its Relationship with the Mental Health; a Case Study among Medical Sciences Students of Khalkhal University

Document Type : Original Article

Authors

1 Medical-Surgical Department, Khalkhal Medical Sciences Faculty, Ardebil University of Medical Sciences, Khalkhal, Iran

2 Health Education Department, Khalkhal Medical Sciences Faculty, Ardebil University of Medical Sciences, Khalkhal, Iran

Abstract

Aims As a talented and educated groups, university students have a critical role in country,
thus, their mental health has an especial importance in learning. The present study aimed
to evaluate the relationship between internet addiction disorder and mental health among
University students of Medical Sciences in Khalkhal.
Instrument & Methods As a descriptive-analytical research, this study conducted on
428 university students in Khalkhal who were studying theMedical Sciences in 2015. The
instrument used in this study was a three-part questionnaire; the first part included the
demographic characteristics of the participants; the second part was YoungInternetAddiction
Test and the third part consisted of General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28). Sampling was
done randomly. The collected data were analyzed using SPSS software. Descriptive statistics,
Pierson correlation, and multiple linear regression were used to analysis the data.
Findings 77.3% of the participants had no internet addiction, 21.7% were at the risk
of internet addiction and 0.9% suffered from internet addiction. Moreover, there was a
significant relationship between the mental health and internet addiction disorder (p<0.05).
Conclusion There is a relationship between the internet addiction and mental health of students.

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