Self-rated health and internet addiction in Iranian medical sciences students; prevalence, risk factors and complications

Mohammadbeigi, Abolfazl. and Valizadeh, Farzaneh. and Mirshojaee, Seyede Roqaie. and Ahmadli, Robabeh. and Mokhtari, Mohsen. and Ghaderi, Ebrahim. and Ahmadi, Ahmadi. and Rezaei, Heshmatollah. and Ansari, Hossein. (2016) Self-rated health and internet addiction in Iranian medical sciences students; prevalence, risk factors and complications. International Journal of Biomedical Science, 12 (2). pp. 65-70.


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Introduction: Self-rated health is a brief measure for general health. It is a comprehensive and sensitive index for prediction of health in future. Due to the high internet usage in medical students, the current study designed to evaluate the self-rated health (SR H) in relationship with internet addiction risk factors in medical students. Methods: This cross sectional study conducted on 254 students of Qom University of Medical Sciences 2014. Participants selected by two stage sampling method including stratified and simple random sampling. The Young’s questionnaire of internet addiction and SR H question used for data collection. Chisquare, t-test, and logistic regression used in data analysis. Results: More than 79.9% of students reported their general health good and very good. The student’s mean score of general health was higher than the average. In addition, the prevalence of internet addiction was 28.7%. An inverse significant correlation observed between SR H and internet addiction score (r=-0.198, p=0.002). Using internet for Entertainment, using private Email and chat rooms were the most important predictors of affecting to internet addiction. Moreover, internet addiction is the most predictors of SR H and increased the odds of bad SR H. Conclusion: The good SR H of medical students was higher than general population but in health faculty’ students were lower than others. Due to the effect of internet addiction on SRH and increasing trend of internet use in medical students, as well as low age of participants, attention to psychological aspects and the job expectancy in future, can effective on increasing the good SRH.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet addictionو Iranو Risk factorsو Self-rated healthو Students
Subjects: WA Public Health
WM Psychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Health > Department of Epidemiology
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Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 08:53
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2018 05:37

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