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Internet addiction and mental health among medical students of selected university in Mangalore, Karnataka

Shoeeb Akram MD, Utsav Raj.

Abstract
Background: Internet addiction (IA) is maladaptive pattern of internet use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress. It has a varied prevalence between countries and states due to varied criteria and sample studied.

Objectives: The objectives are to study the magnitude of IA and its impact on mental health among medical students of a selected University in Mangalore, Karnataka, and also to assess the association of various sociodemographic variables with IA.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among all the M.B.B.S students residing in the hostel of a selected university located in Mangalore, Karnataka, for 1 month. Sociodemographic profile of the study participants and information on IA and mental health were collected using pre-designed and pre-tested questionnaire.

Results: Mean age of the study participants was 20.62 ± 1.463 and 32.9% of the internet users were using internet for ≥38 h per week. With Young’s IA (YIAT) test, internet users were divided into 3 categories, namely, 46.2%, 32.9%, and 4.4% as average users, possible addicts, and internet addicts, respectively. There was a statistically significant difference in mean scores of severe depression subscale of General Health Questionnaire - Twenty Eight across two groups of YIAT test (t = 0.448; P = 0.015). Marital status and weekly hours of internet use were the statistically significant predictors of IA (P < 0.05).

Conclusion: Prevalence of IA was higher in contrast to other studies, and its impact on mental health warrants stringent efforts for higher studies, early diagnosis, and prevention.

Key words: Internet Addiction; Medical Students; Mental Health; Mangalore


 
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MD SA, Raj U. Internet addiction and mental health among medical students of selected university in Mangalore, Karnataka. Int J Med Sci Public Health. 2018; 7(1): 67-71. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.1131401122017


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MD, S. A. & Raj, U. (2018) Internet addiction and mental health among medical students of selected university in Mangalore, Karnataka. Int J Med Sci Public Health, 7 (1), 67-71. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.1131401122017



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MD, Shoeeb Akram, and Utsav Raj. 2018. Internet addiction and mental health among medical students of selected university in Mangalore, Karnataka. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 7 (1), 67-71. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.1131401122017



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MD, Shoeeb Akram, and Utsav Raj. "Internet addiction and mental health among medical students of selected university in Mangalore, Karnataka." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 7 (2018), 67-71. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.1131401122017



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MD, Shoeeb Akram, and Utsav Raj. "Internet addiction and mental health among medical students of selected university in Mangalore, Karnataka." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 7.1 (2018), 67-71. Print. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.1131401122017



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MD, S. A. & Raj, U. (2018) Internet addiction and mental health among medical students of selected university in Mangalore, Karnataka. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 7 (1), 67-71. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.1131401122017





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