Title: A study on the influence of internet addiction and online interpersonal influences on health-related quality of life in young Vietnamese
year: 2017
Journal: BMC Public Health
Volume: 17
Issue: 1
Pages: 138
date: 01/01/1931
ISSN: 1471-2458 (Electronic);1471-2458 (Linking)
Legal note: PMC5282902
Article Number: 28143462
Keywords: Adolescent;Anxiety/*epidemiology;Behavior, Addictive/*epidemiology;Cross-Sectional Studies;Depression/*epidemiology;Female;Humans;*Internet;Interpersonal Relations;Male;Prevalence;*Quality of Life;Self Care/statistics & numerical data;Surveys and Questionnaires;Vietnam/epidemiology;Young Adult;*Internet addiction;*Interpersonal influences;*Vietnam;*Young people
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Internet addiction (IA) is a common problem found in young Asians. This study aimed to study the influence of IA and online activities on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in young Vietnamese. This study also compared the frequencies of anxiety, depression and other addiction of young Vietnamese with and without IA. METHODS: This study recruited 566 young Vietnamese (56.7% female, 43.3% male) ranging from 15 to 25 years of age via the respondent-driven sampling technique. Chi-squared, t-test and analysis of variance were used to compare young Vietnamese with and without IA. Regression analyses were used to examine the association between internet usage characteristics and HRQOL. RESULTS: Results from this cross-sectional study showed that 21.2% of participants suffered from IA. Online relationship demonstrated significantly higher influences on behaviors and lifestyles in participants with IA than those without IA. Participants with IA were more likely to have problems with self-care, difficulty in performing daily routine, suffer from pain and discomfort, anxiety and depression. Contrary to previous studies, we found that there were no differences in gender, sociodemographic, the number of participants with cigarette smoking, water-pipe smoking and alcohol dependence between the IA and non-IA groups. IA was significantly associated with poor HRQOL in young Vietnamese. CONCLUSION: IA is a common problem among young Vietnamese and the prevalence of IA is the highest as compared to other Asian countries. Our findings suggest that gender may not play a key role in IA. This can be an emerging trend when both genders have equal access to the internet. By studying the impact of IA on HRQOL, healthcare professionals can design effective intervention to alleviate the negative consequences of IA in Vietnam.
Notes: Tran, Bach Xuan;Huong, Le Thi;Hinh, Nguyen Duc;Nguyen, Long Hoang;Le, Bao Nguyen;Nong, Vuong Minh;Thuc, Vu Thi Minh;Tho, Tran Dinh;Latkin, Carl;Zhang, Melvyn Wb;Ho, Roger Cm;eng;P30 AI094189/AI/NIAID NIH HHS/;Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't;England;2017/02/02 06:00;BMC Public Health. 2017 Jan 31;17(1):138. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3983-z.
URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28143462;https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5282902/pdf/12889_2016_Article_3983.pdf
URI: https://open-access.imh.com.sg/handle/123456789/5200
Authors Address: Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi, Vietnam.;Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.;School of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam.;Institute for Global Health Innovations, Duy Tan University, Da Nang, Vietnam.;Institute for Global Health Innovations, Duy Tan University, Da Nang, Vietnam. vuong.ighi@gmail.com.;Department of Immunology and Allergy, National Otolaryngology Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam.;Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Viet-Duc Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam.;Biomedical Global Institute of Healthcare Research & Technology (BIGHEART), National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.;Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore.
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