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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Informatika / Informatics (N009)
Author(s): Gečaitė-Stončienė, Julija;Saudargienė, Aušra;Pranckevičienė, Aistė;Liaugaudaitė, Vilma;Griškova-Bulanova, Inga;Šimkutė, Dovilė;Naginienė, Rima;Dainauskas, Laurynas Linas;Čeidaitė, Gintarė;Burkauskas, Julius
Title: Impulsivity mediates associations between problematic internet use, anxiety, and depressive symptoms in students: a cross-sectional COVID-19 study
Is part of: Frontiers in psychiatry. Lausanne : Frontiers Media S.A., 2021, vol. 12
Extent: p. 1-8
Date: 2021
Note: Article Number: 634464
Keywords: Problematic Internet Use;Anxiety;Depression;Impulsivity;COVID-19
Abstract: Background: Problematic internet use (PIU) is a serious global mental health issue that especially manifested during the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Engagement in PIU as an impulsive coping with mental distress may pose a long-lasting threat to develop anxiety and depressive disorders. The first aim of our study was to investigate the prevalence of PIU and mental distress symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic among university students in Lithuania. The second aim was to test the hypothesis that PIU affects anxiety and depressive symptoms through the mediating role of impulsivity. Methods: The cross-sectional study was comprised of 619 university students (92.9% females and 7.1% males) with a mean age of 22 ± 3 years who participated in an online survey from May to November, 2020. Participants completed the following scales: the Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire-9, the Generalized Anxiety Disorder Questionnaire-7, the Patient Health Questionnaire-9, and the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale-11. K-means cluster analysis and one-way multivariate analysis of variance were used for group comparison in terms of internet use time and habit change during COVID-19 pandemic. Structural equation modeling was applied to examine the mediating effect of impulsivity in association between PIU and mental distress, while controlling for age. Results: In sum, 45.1% of the participants reported PIU and 38.1% had markedly expressed symptoms of anxiety while 43.6% of the students reported moderate to severe depressive symptoms. During the COVID-19 pandemic 76% of the students reported at least moderate increase in their internet use time. Anxiety and depressive symptoms were significantly higher in the group of frequent internet users.[...]
Affiliation(s): Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universitetas
Sistemų analizės katedra
Taikomosios informatikos katedra
Vilniaus universitetas
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
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Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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