The Impact of Mental Health Predictors of Internet Addiction among Pre-Service Teachers in Ghana

Harry Barton Essel, Dimitrios Vlachopoulos*, Ralph Nyadu-Addo, Akosua Tachie-Menson, Paa Kwame Baah, Charles Owusu-Antwi

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Abstract

This study examined the prevalence of addictive Internet behavior and its links with mental health among pre-service teachers in Ghana. A descriptive, correlational design was employed with 405 pre-service teachers from colleges of education and a public university in Ghana participating in this study. The sample completed a sociodemographic survey about loneliness, life satisfaction, depression, self-esteem, and the Internet addiction scales (abridged form). The results revealed that there was a significant relationship between pre-service teachers’ Internet addiction, depression, life satisfaction, and loneliness; however, depression was the least influential factor in addictive Internet use. Additionally, there was a statistically significant nexus between self-esteem, loneliness, depression, and life satisfaction. In addition, all the above-mentioned variables were discovered to explain 56.3% of the absolute variance in addiction to the Internet. Among the variables linked with Internet addiction and its dimensions, loneliness appeared to be the most significant. Institutional coping programs with Internet addiction should be established within the scope of the university administration, supporting pre-service teachers’ mental health. Finally, the development of awareness campaigns on the menaces associated with Internet usage and mental health through extracurricular programs is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

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