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Pages: 8308-8314
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-617-8491-2
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2017.1957

Conference name: 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 6-8 March, 2017
Location: Valencia, Spain

IMPACT OF INTERNET ADDICTION ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF COLLEGE STUDENTS

L. Cabral, A. Gonçalves, M. Ferreira, E. Coutinho, J. Duarte

Instiuto Politécnico de Viseu (PORTUGAL)
Introduction:
Mental health has an imperative roll in general health, and it’s known that most mental and physical diseases are influenced by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors, in which takes place the Internet addiction.

Objective:
Identify the sociodemographic variables that influence the mental health of college students; identify academic variables that influence the mental health of college students; analyze the influence of internet addiction in the mental health of college students.

Methods:
Quantitative, descriptive-analytical and cross-sectional study with 511 college students of the Central Region of Portugal. It was used a questionnaire on sociodemographic and academic context, and were used the following scales: Mental Health Scale – PhD José Luís Pais Ribeiro (2011); Internet Addiction Test, Portuguese version by Pontes e Patrão (2013).

Outcomes:
Mostly female students, standing largely in the age group of 17-21 years, living in urban areas, with an average family income. Most students of the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, in health, to attend the 1st year. Women are the ones who mostly have low addition to the Internet (86.7%). Younger students have high addition to the internet (62.2%). Sex interfere with the mental health of students, being men to reveal average order values higher, especially in psychological distress and loss of emotional / behavioral control. The educational establishment has a variable with statistical significance, having been students of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco to present more anxiety, depression, loss of emotional / behavioral control, bonding, psychological distress and psychological well-being, seconded by students school of Coimbra Nursing. The lower the negative impact of adding Internet emotions/feelings and lower its negative impact on daily life, the less anxiety, depression and loss of emotional/behavioral control of college students. The negative impact on daily life establishes a direct relationship with the positive affect, indicating that the greater the negative impact, less positive affect students.

Conclusion:
The results obtained point to the need to implement mental health programs, by conducting two workshops, promoting social interaction among students, to help them find more effective ways to respond to the daily challenges.
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author = {Cabral, L. and Gonçalves, A. and Ferreira, M. and Coutinho, E. and Duarte, J.},
title = {IMPACT OF INTERNET ADDICTION ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF COLLEGE STUDENTS},
series = {11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2017 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-617-8491-2},
issn = {2340-1079},
doi = {10.21125/inted.2017.1957},
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publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {6-8 March, 2017},
year = {2017},
pages = {8308-8314}}
TY - CONF
AU - L. Cabral AU - A. Gonçalves AU - M. Ferreira AU - E. Coutinho AU - J. Duarte
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SN - 978-84-617-8491-2/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2017.1957
PY - 2017
Y1 - 6-8 March, 2017
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2017 Proceedings
SP - 8308
EP - 8314
ER -
L. Cabral, A. Gonçalves, M. Ferreira, E. Coutinho, J. Duarte (2017) IMPACT OF INTERNET ADDICTION ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF COLLEGE STUDENTS, INTED2017 Proceedings, pp. 8308-8314.
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