Prevalence and factors associated with internet addiction among adolescents in Malaysia : a cross-sectional study

Ooi, Chor Yau and Siew, Mooi Ching and Norsiah, Ali and Shahnul, Kamal Hj Sidek and Azlin, Amat and Yusnita, Yatim and Zaiton, Yahya and Nabihah, Shamsuddin and Idora, Ibrahim and Fauzia, Abdul Majid and Fazlin Suhana, Othman and Nik Suhaila, Zakaria and Artini, Abidin and Nor Hazlin, Talib (2020) Prevalence and factors associated with internet addiction among adolescents in Malaysia : a cross-sectional study. Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16 (2). pp. 33-44. ISSN 0973-1342

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Background: Internet addiction (IA) among adolescents has become an important health problem due to its association with many negative consequences if not prevented early. However, there were no data on IA among adolescents in Malaysia. Aim: The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and factors associated with IA among adolescents aged 10 to 19 years of age in Malaysia. Methods: A cross-sectional study was done in 15 primary care clinics throughout Malaysia using the validated Malay version of the Internet Addiction Test. A standardized, self-administered questionnaire on socio-demographic data and questions assessing IA were given to the participants. Data analyses were done using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) 21. The findings were described in terms of frequencies, percentages, means, and standard deviations. The association between socio-demographic factors and IA was determined by using univariate analysis. Multivariate logistic regressions were used to identify predictors of IA Results: A total of 921 participants were included in this study. The male population was 49.5% (n=456), with a mean age of 16.38±2.38 years. The prevalence of internet addiction was 56.4% (n=519). The significant predictors of internet addiction were age, mother's high education level, and having a smartphone. Conclusion: This study showed that there is a high prevalence of internet addiction among adolescents in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet addiction, Adolescents, Prevalence, Primary care, Malaysia.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Yau
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2020 14:08
Last Modified: 21 May 2021 09:29

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