Internet addiction and its associated factors among school-going adolescents in Malaysia

Muhd Hafizuddin Taufik Ramli, and Muhammad Solihin Rezali, and Nik Adilah Shahein, and Norhafizah Sahril, and Chan, Ying Ying and Nor’ Ain Ab Wahab, and Mohd Shaiful Azlan Kassim, (2021) Internet addiction and its associated factors among school-going adolescents in Malaysia. International Journal of Public Health Research, 11 (2). pp. 1466-1473. ISSN 2232-0245


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Internet usage has changed the way adolescents socialize. This study aims to determine the determinants of internet addiction among school-going adolescents in Malaysia. This study was a cross-sectional study involving 27,455 school-going adolescents from 212 selected schools in Malaysia, as part of the 2017 National Health and Morbidity Survey that implemented a two-stage stratified cluster sampling design. Data collection via a self-administered questionnaire was conducted from March till May 2017. Overall, 8,049 (29.0%) school-going adolescents had internet addiction. Internet addiction was positively associated with male (odds ratio, OR [95% confidence interval, CI] = 1.20 [1.08,1.34]) compared to female, Chinese ethnicity (1.67 [1.12,2.48]) compared to other ethnicity, feeling loneliness (1.37 [1.20,1.57]) compared to never feel lonely, unable to sleep due to worrying of something (1.40 [1.17,1.67]) compared to able to sleep, insufficient parental supervision (1.30 [1.14,1.48]) compared to sufficient parental supervision, depression (1.67 [1.48,1.89]) compared to no depression, anxiety (2.12 [1.95,2.30]) compared to no anxiety and stress (2.26 [1.96,2.61]) compared to no stress. The odds of having internet addiction increase from Form 2 (1.51 [1.28,1.78]), Form 3 (2.37 [2.01,2.80]), Form 4 (2.60 [1.76,3.85]) to Form 5 adolescents (2.96 [1.98,4.41]) compared to Form 1 adolescents. Our results suggest that being a male, of Chinese ethnicity, higher form level, feeling loneliness, unable to sleep due to worrying of something, insufficient parental supervision, depression, anxiety and stress were positively associated with internet addiction among school-going adolescents.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Internet addiction; Public health; Adolescents; NHMS; Malaysia
Journal:International Journal of Public Health Research
ID Code:18407
Deposited By: ms aida -
Deposited On:11 Apr 2022 06:58
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