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Internet addiction in Tibetan and Han Chinese middle school students: prevalence, demographics and quality of life
Lu, Li1; Xu, Dan-Dan2; Liu, Huan-Zhong3; Zhang, Ling4; Ng, Chee H.5; Ungvari, Gabor S.6; An, Feng-Rong7; Xiang, Yu-Tao8
2018-10
Source PublicationPSYCHIATRY RESEARCH
ISSN0165-1781
Volume268Pages:131-136
Abstract

Internet addiction (IA) is common amongst young people, but no data on IA are available in Tibetan middle school students in China. This study compared the prevalence of IA between Tibetan and Han Chinese middle school students, and examined its association with quality of life. The study was conducted in two middle schools in the Tibetan area of Qinghai province and two Han Chinese middle schools in Anhui province, China. Internet addiction, depressive symptoms and quality of life were measured using standardized instruments. Totally, 1,385 students completed the assessments. The overall prevalence of IA was 14.1%; 15.9% in Tibetan students and 12.0% in Han students. After controlling for the covariates, the prevalence of IA was significantly higher in Tibetan students than in Han students (OR = 3.5, p < 0.001). More severe depressive symptoms, religious beliefs and male gender were positively associated with IA, while good family relationship was negatively associated with IA. Internet addiction was also associated with significantly lower QOL in physical, psychological and environmental domains. Internet addiction appears to be common in Chinese middle school students, particularly amongst Tibetan Chinese students. Considering its negative impact on quality of life, appropriate educational programs and preventive measures for IA should be urgently developed.

KeywordInternet Addiction Middle School Students Ethnic Minority Quality Of Life China
DOIhttp://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2018.07.005
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Language英语
WOS Research AreaPsychiatry
WOS SubjectPsychiatry
WOS IDWOS:000445990300022
PublisherELSEVIER IRELAND LTD
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Health Sciences
Corresponding AuthorAn, Feng-Rong; Xiang, Yu-Tao
Affiliation1.Unit of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau, Macao SAR, China.
2.Faculty of Science, Harbin University, Heilongjiang Province, China.
3.Department of Psychiatry, Chaohu Hospital of Anhui Medical University, Hefei, Anhui, China; Anhui Psychiatric Center of Anhui Medical University, Hefei, Anhui, China.
4.The National Clinical Research Center for Mental Disorders, China &Center of Depression, Beijing Institute for Brain Disorders & Mood Disorders Center, Beijing Anding Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China
5.Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
6.University of Notre Dame Australia & Graylands Hospital, Perth, Australia; Division of Psychiatry, Medical School, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
7.The National Clinical Research Center for Mental Disorders, China &Center of Depression, Beijing Institute for Brain Disorders & Mood Disorders Center, Beijing Anding Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.
8.Unit of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau, Macao SAR, China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Health Sciences
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Health Sciences
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Lu, Li,Xu, Dan-Dan,Liu, Huan-Zhong,et al. Internet addiction in Tibetan and Han Chinese middle school students: prevalence, demographics and quality of life[J]. PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH,2018,268:131-136.
APA Lu, Li.,Xu, Dan-Dan.,Liu, Huan-Zhong.,Zhang, Ling.,Ng, Chee H..,...&Xiang, Yu-Tao.(2018).Internet addiction in Tibetan and Han Chinese middle school students: prevalence, demographics and quality of life.PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH,268,131-136.
MLA Lu, Li,et al."Internet addiction in Tibetan and Han Chinese middle school students: prevalence, demographics and quality of life".PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH 268(2018):131-136.
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