Assessing the effect of an educational intervention program based on Health Belief Model on preventive behaviors of internet addiction (2017)

J Educ Health Promot. 2017 Aug 9;6:63. doi: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_129_15.

Maheri A1, Tol A1, Sadeghi R1.



Internet addiction refers to the excessive use of the internet that causes mental, social, and physical problems. According to the high prevalence of internet addiction among university students, this study aimed to determine the effect of an educational intervention on preventive behaviors of internet addiction among Tehran University of Medical Sciences students.


This study was a quasi-experimental study conducted among female college students who live in the dormitories of Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Two-stage cluster sampling was used for selection of eighty participants in each study groups; data were collected using “Young’s Internet Addiction” and unstructured questionnaire. Validity and reliability of unstructured questionnaire were evaluated by expert panel and were reported as Cronbach’s alpha. Information of study groups before and 4 months after the intervention was compared using statistical methods by SPSS 16.


After the intervention, the mean scores of internet addiction, perceived barriers construct, and the prevalence of internet addiction significantly decreased in the intervention group than that in the control group and the mean scores of knowledge and Health Belief Model (HBM) constructs (susceptibility, severity, benefits, self-efficacy) significantly increased.


Education based on the HBM was effective on the reduction and prevention of internet addiction among female college students, and educational interventions in this field are highly recommended.


Education; internet addiction; intervention; preventive behaviors

PMID: 28852654

PMCID: PMC5561672

DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_129_15