Background: Beyond unambiguous advantages of mobile phones (MP), growing evidences document its problematic use and association with mental health issues. Unintentional injuries, such as road traffic or pedestrian accidents, result from dangerous use of the MP (DUMP). The aim of our study was to estimate the prevalence of DUMP and the addiction to MP in young while driving, cycling or walking (defined as DUMP) relating to some demographic and psychological factors. Methods: A cross-sectional prevalence study was carried out on a sample of 1130 Italian university students. The use and addiction to MP were studied with Italian version of the Mobile Phone Use Questionnaire (MPUQ) and Dependence test of MP (DTMP). The Cognitive Behavioral Assessment 2.0 (CBA 2.0) was used to investigate anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Results: Result statistics showed a continuous use of MP. One third of subjects showed MP addiction, associated to female and younger students. Two thirds showed risk of DUMP, associated to male and older. The obsessive-compulsive disorder was estimated only in a small fraction and significantly correlated with DTMP. Conclusions: Our study points out the importance that information and prevention campaigns targeting specific demographic subpopulations should be sought to raise young awareness for a safe use of MP.

Mobile Phone Addiction and Mobile Phone Use in Dangerous Circumstances: Prevalence and Correlates in a Sample of Italian University Students

Perilli E.
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Necozione S.
Supervision
;
Muselli M.
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Cofini V.
Project Administration
2021

Abstract

Background: Beyond unambiguous advantages of mobile phones (MP), growing evidences document its problematic use and association with mental health issues. Unintentional injuries, such as road traffic or pedestrian accidents, result from dangerous use of the MP (DUMP). The aim of our study was to estimate the prevalence of DUMP and the addiction to MP in young while driving, cycling or walking (defined as DUMP) relating to some demographic and psychological factors. Methods: A cross-sectional prevalence study was carried out on a sample of 1130 Italian university students. The use and addiction to MP were studied with Italian version of the Mobile Phone Use Questionnaire (MPUQ) and Dependence test of MP (DTMP). The Cognitive Behavioral Assessment 2.0 (CBA 2.0) was used to investigate anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Results: Result statistics showed a continuous use of MP. One third of subjects showed MP addiction, associated to female and younger students. Two thirds showed risk of DUMP, associated to male and older. The obsessive-compulsive disorder was estimated only in a small fraction and significantly correlated with DTMP. Conclusions: Our study points out the importance that information and prevention campaigns targeting specific demographic subpopulations should be sought to raise young awareness for a safe use of MP.
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