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Perceived Social Support, Self-Esteem, and Internet Addiction Among Students of Al-Zahra University, Tehran, Iran.

Naseri L, Mohamadi J, Sayehmiri K, Azizpoor Y - Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci (2015)

Bottom Line: Students form a vulnerable group, since they have free, easy, and daily access to the internet.In the current descriptive research, the statistical sample consisted of 101 female students residing at AL-Zahra University dormitory, Tehran, Iran.After completion of the questionnaires, the data were analyzed using the correlation test and stepwise regression.

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Affiliation: Psychosocial Injuries Research Center, Ilam University of Medical Sciences, Ilam, IR Iran.

ABSTRACT

Background: Internet addiction is a global phenomenon that causes serious problems in mental health and social communication. Students form a vulnerable group, since they have free, easy, and daily access to the internet.

Objectives: The current study aimed to investigate perceived social support, self-esteem, and internet addiction among Al-Zahra University students.

Materials and methods: In the current descriptive research, the statistical sample consisted of 101 female students residing at AL-Zahra University dormitory, Tehran, Iran. Participants were randomly selected and their identities were classified. Then, they completed the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, Rosenberg's Self-esteem Scale, and Yang Internet Addiction Test. After completion of the questionnaires, the data were analyzed using the correlation test and stepwise regression.

Results: The Pearson correlation coefficient indicated significant relationships between self-esteem and internet addiction (P < 0.05, r = -0.345), perceived social support (r = 0.224, P < 0.05), and the subscale of family (r = 0.311, P < 0.05). The findings also demonstrated a significant relationship between internet addiction and perceived social support (r = -0.332, P < 0.05), the subscale of family (P < 0.05, r = -0.402), and the other subscales (P < 0.05, r = -0.287). Results of the stepwise regression showed that the scale of internet addiction and the family subscale were predicative variables for self-esteem (r = 0.137, P < 0.01, F2, 96 = 77.7).

Conclusions: Findings of the current study showed that persons with low self-esteem were more vulnerable to internet addiction.

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Frequency of the Subjects Using Internet Longer Than Their Intention
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Mentions: According to the descriptive statistics, about 22.8% and 77.2% of the subjects had high low levels of self-esteem, respectively. Results of the descriptive statistics based on Table 1 and Figure 1 showed that, based on answers to question 1, 29.7%, 9.9%, and 13.9% of the subjects said that they frequently, often, and always used internet more than they intended, respectively.


Perceived Social Support, Self-Esteem, and Internet Addiction Among Students of Al-Zahra University, Tehran, Iran.

Naseri L, Mohamadi J, Sayehmiri K, Azizpoor Y - Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci (2015)

Frequency of the Subjects Using Internet Longer Than Their Intention
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4644622&req=5

A421FIG1: Frequency of the Subjects Using Internet Longer Than Their Intention
Mentions: According to the descriptive statistics, about 22.8% and 77.2% of the subjects had high low levels of self-esteem, respectively. Results of the descriptive statistics based on Table 1 and Figure 1 showed that, based on answers to question 1, 29.7%, 9.9%, and 13.9% of the subjects said that they frequently, often, and always used internet more than they intended, respectively.

Bottom Line: Students form a vulnerable group, since they have free, easy, and daily access to the internet.In the current descriptive research, the statistical sample consisted of 101 female students residing at AL-Zahra University dormitory, Tehran, Iran.After completion of the questionnaires, the data were analyzed using the correlation test and stepwise regression.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Psychosocial Injuries Research Center, Ilam University of Medical Sciences, Ilam, IR Iran.

ABSTRACT

Background: Internet addiction is a global phenomenon that causes serious problems in mental health and social communication. Students form a vulnerable group, since they have free, easy, and daily access to the internet.

Objectives: The current study aimed to investigate perceived social support, self-esteem, and internet addiction among Al-Zahra University students.

Materials and methods: In the current descriptive research, the statistical sample consisted of 101 female students residing at AL-Zahra University dormitory, Tehran, Iran. Participants were randomly selected and their identities were classified. Then, they completed the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, Rosenberg's Self-esteem Scale, and Yang Internet Addiction Test. After completion of the questionnaires, the data were analyzed using the correlation test and stepwise regression.

Results: The Pearson correlation coefficient indicated significant relationships between self-esteem and internet addiction (P < 0.05, r = -0.345), perceived social support (r = 0.224, P < 0.05), and the subscale of family (r = 0.311, P < 0.05). The findings also demonstrated a significant relationship between internet addiction and perceived social support (r = -0.332, P < 0.05), the subscale of family (P < 0.05, r = -0.402), and the other subscales (P < 0.05, r = -0.287). Results of the stepwise regression showed that the scale of internet addiction and the family subscale were predicative variables for self-esteem (r = 0.137, P < 0.01, F2, 96 = 77.7).

Conclusions: Findings of the current study showed that persons with low self-esteem were more vulnerable to internet addiction.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus