Patterns of internet use and mental health of high school students in Istria County Croatia: cross-sectional study

Bezinović, Petar and Roviš, Darko and Rončević, Nena and Bilajac, Lovorka (2015) Patterns of internet use and mental health of high school students in Istria County Croatia: cross-sectional study. Croatian medical journal, 56 (3). pp. 297-305. ISSN 0353-9504 (Print), 1332-8166 (Online)

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The aim was to examine associations between different forms of internet use and a number of psychological variables related to mental health in adolescents. A cross-sectional survey was carried out on a representative sample of students (N=1539) from all high schools in the region of Istria in Croatia (14-19 years). The associations between four factors of internet use and nine mental health indicators were analyzed using canonical correlation analysis. The four canonical functions suggested a significant association between different types of internet use and specific indicators of mental health (P<0.001). Problematic internet use, more typical among boys, was associated with general aggressive behavior and substance abuse (P<0.001). Experiences of harassment, more typical among girls, were associated with health complaints, symptoms of depression, loneliness, and fear of negative evaluation (P<0.001). Using the internet for communication and entertainment was associated with better relationships with peers (P<0.001), while use of the internet for academic purposes was associated with conscientiousness (P<0.001). The results suggest that different patterns of internet use are significantly associated with specific sets of positive and negative mental health indicators. The data support the assumption that internet use can have both positive and adverse effects on the mental health of youth.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Language: English.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet use, mental health, adolescents
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Depositing User: Karolina
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2015 13:26
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2017 09:39

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