ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
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Risk Factors Associated with Problematic Internet Use in High School Students: A Nested Case–Control Study


Department of Public Health, Health Sciences University Hamidiye Institute of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Türkiye

Addicta 2023; 10: 115-126
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2023.23080
Read: 762 Downloads: 525 Published: 21 August 2023

This study was conducted to determine the risk factors for Internet addiction levels in adolescents aged 13–19 years. In this nested case–control study, a total of 71 adolescents with problematic internet usage (PIU), identified as scoring "50 and above" on the Young Internet Addiction Scale, were categorized as the PIU group. Additionally, 70 adolescents with normal internet usage (NIU) were selected for the control group, matching the criteria of same gender, age, grade, and school characteristics. It was found to be 4.86 (95% CI: 2.04–11.57) of being in the problematic Internet use group in those who used the Internet for “5 hours or more” per day compared to others. Those who considered themselves Internet addicts had a 4.29 (95% CI: 1.44–12.74) of being in the problematic Internet use group. Furthermore, individuals who used the Internet for “virtual chat” purposes had a 2.73 (95% CI: 1.12–6.64) of being in the problematic Internet use group, while those who did not use “science and technology” websites had a 5.35 times higher risk (95% CI: 1.50–19.03) compared to users who did. Moreover, a 1-unit increase in the “Trait Anxiety” Inventory total score resulted in a 1.06 times higher risk (95% CI: 1.01–1.11) of being in the problematic Internet use group.

Cite this article as: Çiçek, E., Uçar, M. T., & Öztürk, M. (2023). Risk factors associated with problematic Internet use in high school students: A nested case–control study. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 10(2), 115-126.

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