The Association of Internet Addiction and Perceived Parental Protective Factors Among Malaysian Adolescents (2019)

Asia Pac J Public Health. 2019 Sep 15:1010539519872642. doi: 10.1177/1010539519872642.

Awaluddin SMB1, Ying Ying C1, Yoep N1, Paiwai F1, Lodz NA1, Muhammad EN1, Mahmud NA1, Ibrahim Wong N1, Mohamad Nor NS1, Nik Abd Rashid NR2.


Parental protective factors do play an important role in preventing Internet addiction. A self-administered questionnaire was used to measure health risk behaviors among Malaysian adolescents. The prevalence of Internet addiction was significantly higher among adolescents with perceived lack of parental supervision (30.1% [95% confidence interval (CI) = 28.7-31.4]) and lack of parental connectedness (30.1% [95% CI = 28.5-31.7]), compared with their counterparts. Adolescents who perceived a lack of parental supervision, respect for privacy, connectedness, and bonding were more likely to have Internet addiction: (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] = 1.39; 95% CI = 1.27-1.52), (aOR = 1.23; 95% CI = 1.16-1.31), (aOR = 1.09; 95% CI = 1.02-1.16), (aOR = 1.06; 95% CI = 1.00-1.12), respectively. Among girls, Internet addiction was associated with those who perceived lack in all 4 parental factors, while among boys, those who perceived lack of parental supervision and respect for privacy were more prone to Internet addiction.

KEYWORDS: Internet addiction; Malaysia; adolescent; parental factors

PMID: 31523984

DOI: 10.1177/1010539519872642