Mobile phone addiction in Tibetan and Han Chinese adolescents (2018)

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2018 Dec 4. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12336.

Lu L1, Xu DD1,2, Liu HZ3,4, Zhang L5,6, Ng CH7, Ungvari GS8,9,10, Wu WT11, Xiang YF12, An FR5,6, Xiang YT1.



To compare mobile phone addiction (MPA) patterns between Tibetan and Han adolescents in China.


The study was carried out in two provinces of China. The Mobile Phone Addiction Scale (MPAS) was used to assess MPA.


Seven hundred and five Tibetan and 606 Han students participated in the study. The MPAS total score was 24.4 ± 11.4 in the whole sample; 27.3 ± 10.8 and 20.9 ± 11.2 in Tibetan and Han students, respectively. Quality of life (QOL) in the physical, psychological, social, and environmental domains was negatively associated with MPA.


Compared with Han students, Tibetan students were found to have more severe MPA. Given its negative impact on QOL, appropriate measures for the prevention of MPA should be developed, particularly for Tibetan middle school students.

KEYWORDS: China; Mobile Phone Addiction Scale; middle school students; mobile phone addiction; quality of life

PMID: 30515849

DOI: 10.1111/ppc.12336