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J Prev Med Hyg. 2014 Sep;55(3):86-9.

Relationship of Internet addiction with self-esteem and depression in university students.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship of self-esteem and depression with Internet addiction in university students.

METHODS:

The present descriptive-analytic correlation study involved 408 students (150 female and 258 male) who had been selected by means of a cluster sampling method from among all the students studying in Birjand Islamic Azad University. Students were evaluated through the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Cooper Smith Self-Esteem Inventory (CSEI) and Internet Addiction Test (IAT).

RESULTS:

The results indicated that 40.7% of the students had Internet addiction. A significant correlation emerged between depression, self-esteem and Internet addiction. Regression analysis indicated that depression and self-esteem were able to predict the variance of Internet addiction to some extent.

CONCLUSIONS:

It may be important to evaluate self-esteem and depression in people with Internet addiction. These variables should be targeted for effective cognitive behavioral therapy in people with Internet addiction.

PMID:
25902574
PMCID:
PMC4718307
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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