Prevalence of internet addiction, its association with psychological distress, coping strategies among undergraduate students (2019)

Nurse Educ Today. 2019 Jul 12;81:78-82. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2019.07.004.

Hasan AA1, Jaber AA2.



This study aimed to describe the prevalence of Internet addiction (IA) among undergraduate students, and its impact on psychological distress and coping strategies.


Data were collected using a convenience sample of 163 student nurses.


The results showed that there was high prevalence rate of IA among students. In addition, the use of avoidance and problem-solving coping mechanism was statistically significant among the IA group compared with the non-IA group (p < 0.05). This was associated with a more negative impact on psychological distress and self-efficacy (p < 0.05).


IA is an increasing problem in the general population and among university students. It can affect many aspects of a student’s life and performance.


The results will raise awareness of the deleterious effects of IA on a wide range of student life.

KEYWORDS: Coping mechanism; Cross-sectional; Education; Perceived stress; Students; University

PMID: 31352247

DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2019.07.004