Adolescents' Internet Addiction and Its Relationship to Psychosocial Maladjustment among Secondary School Students in Al-Nasiriya City
Keywords:Internet Addiction, Psychosocial Maladjustment, Secondary School Students
Background: The overuse of the internet has prompted scientists to investigate the psychological and social characteristics of internet users, with isolation, social anxiety, psychological distress, self-exposure, and other psychosocial adaptation issues being among the most prominent of these characteristics.
Aims of the study: assess the level of internet addiction and psychosocial adjustment among secondary school student; investigate the relationship between internet addiction and psychosocial adjustment, find-out if there are significant differences between psychosocial adjustment with regard to student's gender and grade.
Methodology: A correlational descriptive design study was conducted to assess adolescents' internet addiction and psychosocial maladjustment among secondary school students in Al-Nasiriya city and find out the relationship between the two variables. A non-probability (convenience) sample of 300 students, data were collected through September, 16th 2020 to March, 19th 2021 through the use of the questionnaire and the process of self-reported as a means for data collection. The questionnaire consisted of two parts: the first part is concern with demographic characteristics of the students that included (age, gender, grade, parent's educational level, place of residence, and monthly income), and the second consists of internet addiction and psychosocial maladjustment scale.
Results: The findings indicate there is statistically significance association between internet addiction scale and psychosocial adjustment scale of secondary school students when Chi-Square Tests are used to evaluate sample at (P 0.05) ,and intermediate school being more affected than preparatory school.
Conclusion: The internet has a more negative than positive impact, as it has been discovered that students who use the internet for long periods of time are affected mentally, psychologically, and socially, and their psychosocial transition suffers as a result.
Recommendations: Advocated that subjecting adolescents to parental oversight and requiring them to use the internet cautiously and for certain hours.
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