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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY   FALL 2010 , Volume 16 , Number 3 (62); Page(s) 341 To 341.
 
Paper: 

EFFECT OF ADDICTION TO COMPUTER GAMES ON PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF FEMALE AND MALE STUDENTS OF GUIDANCE SCHOOL IN CITY OF BIRJAND

 
 
Author(s):  MOHTASHAM S.*, RIASY H.R., OUDY D.
 
* BIRJAND UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
 
Abstract: 

Objectives: This study aimed to investigate the effects of addiction to computer games on physical and mental health of students.
Method: The study population includes all students in the second year of public guidance schools in the city of Birjand in the academic year of 2009-2010. The sample size includes 564 students selected by multi stage stratified sampling. Dependent variables include general health in dimensions of physical health, anxiety and sleeplessness and impaired social functioning. Data were collected using General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) and a questionnaire on addiction to computer games. Pearson correlation coefficient and structural model were used for data analysis.
Results: There was a significant positive correlation between students computer games addiction and their physical and mental health in dimensions of physical health, anxiety and sleeplessness. There was a signifyicant negative relationship between addictions to computer games and impaired social functioning.
Conclusion: Addiction to computer games affects various dimensions of health and increases physical problems, anxiety and depression, while decreases social functioning disorder.

 
Keyword(s): ADDICTION TO COMPUTER GAMES, PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, STUDENTS OF GUIDANCE SCHOOL
 
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