Does loneliness, self-esteem and psychological distress correlate with problematic internet use? A Bangladeshi survey study

Mamun, M.A., Hossain, M.S., Moonajilin, M.S., Masud, M.T., Misti, J.M. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2020. Does loneliness, self-esteem and psychological distress correlate with problematic internet use? A Bangladeshi survey study. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry: e12386. ISSN 1758-5864

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Abstract

Background: Researchers have claimed that problematic internet use (PIU) and internet addiction (IA) is a global mental health problem. However, little research has addressed this issue in Bangladesh and no previous study has examined the relationship between PIU and potential psychological risk factors.

Aim: The present study examined the prevalence of PIU and its associated risk factors including socio-demographic variables, internet use behaviors, and other psychological variables including loneliness, self-esteem, and psychological distress.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among Bangladeshi students (N = 605). Measures included the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale, the UCLA Loneliness Scale, and the General Health Questionnaire.

Results: Using a cut-off score of ≤60 (out of 100) on the IAT, the prevalence of PIU was 16.5% (n = 100). Regression analysis showed that sleep disturbance (more or less than 6-7 hours sleeping time), not using internet for academic purposes, and online chatting were risk factors for PIU. Loneliness and psychological distress were positively correlated with PIU, whereas self-esteem was negatively correlated.

Conclusions: The present study highlights that PIU among Bangladeshi university students is an issue of concern and that targeted prevention is needed among emerging adults to help overcome the potentially negative effects of problematic internet use.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Asia-Pacific Psychiatry
Creators: Mamun, M.A., Hossain, M.S., Moonajilin, M.S., Masud, M.T., Misti, J.M. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 3 April 2020
ISSN: 1758-5864
Identifiers:
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10.1111/appy.12386DOI
1313623Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 06 Apr 2020 08:51
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2020 08:51
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39560

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