Iranian Society of Gynecology Oncology


1 Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Research Center, Yas Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran

2 Nursing Faculty of Hazrat Zeinab, Larestan, IR Iran

3 Department of Biology, Payame Noor University, IR Iran


Background: As the use of computers and the Internet by adolescents and young adults continues to grow, it appears to be essential to study the relationship between the consumption of electronic media and mental health.
Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between depression and Internet addiction in nursing students of Hazrat Zainab school of nursing (Larestan University of Medical Sciences) and Gerash Paramedical School, located in the southern part of the Fars province.
Materials and Methods: This was a descriptive correlation study, in which a questionnaire, including the beck depression inventory (BDI) and the young’s internet addiction test (IAT), were distributed among a total 150 volunteer students of Larestan Faculty of Medical Sciences. Statistical analysis was performed using the SPSS software, version 19 (SPSS, Inc., Chicago, IL, USA).
Results: The results showed that four percent of the participants of this study had Internet addiction and this dependency on the Internet, as according to the t-test, was not significantly different between males and females. However, the current results showed a significant association between depression and Internet addiction (P = 0.024, r = 0.222).
Conclusions: Technology plays an important role in our everyday lives and the identification of its dimensions is crucial.


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