Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Int J Prev Med. 2019 Jul 19;10:126. doi: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_311_17. eCollection 2019.

Association between General Health and Mobile Phone Dependency among Medical University Students: A Cross-sectional Study in Iran.

Author information

1
Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran.
2
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health and Health Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
3
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
4
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
5
Department of Public Health, School of Public Health, Dezful University of Medical Sciences, Dezful, Iran.
6
Department of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Islamic Azad Univesity, Sanandaj Branch, Sanandaj, Iran.
7
Department of Epidemiology and Reproductive Health, Reproductive Epidemiology Research Center, Royan Institute for Reproductive Biomedicine, ACECR, Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

Background:

Mobile phone dependency is an emerging public health problem. The aim of this study was to investigate the associations between general health and mobile phone dependency in college students.

Methods:

In this cross-sectional study, 334 students from Arak University of Medical Sciences of Iran were selected by stratified random sampling. Data were collected by (1) demographic checklist, (2) 27-item Mobile Phone Problem Usage Scale, and (3) General Health Questionnaire-28 (GHQ-28).

Results:

Mean scores of mobile phone dependency and GHQ-28 were 119.83 ± 43.53 and 23.73 ± 12.77, respectively. In multiple linear regression, age, family economic status, anxiety and sleep disorder, and social dysfunction were the main significant predictors of mobile phone dependency (R = 0.469, R 2 = 0.220, adjusted R 2 = 0.203).

Conclusions:

Based on the finding of this study, prevention strategies for management of mobile phone use in students can be adopted.

KEYWORDS:

Cell phones; dependency; health; students; universities

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Medknow Publications and Media Pvt Ltd Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center