Depressive symptoms in users of public Internet cabins from a district of Lima, Peru

Authors

  • Ian Cotlear Mental Health Working Group in Peru, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Médico, candidato a magíster en epidemiología clínica.
  • Jorge Osada Mental Health Working Group in Peru, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Médico, candidato a magíster en epidemiología clínica.
  • Miguel Ceccarelli Mental Health Working Group in Peru, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Sociedad Científica de Estudiantes de Medicina Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Estudiante de medicina
  • Paulo Ruiz-Grosso Mental Health Working Group in Peru, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Médico, candidato a magíster en epidemiología clínica.
  • Johan Vega-Dienstmaier Mental Health Working Group in Peru, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Departamento de Psiquiatría y Salud Mental, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Médico psiquiatra.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2009.264.1408

Keywords:

Depression, Depressive symptoms, Internet, Pornography, Peru

Abstract

We carry out a cross sectional study pretends to determine the prevalence of depressive symptoms and their relation with the quantity of Internet use in hours in Public Internet Cabins (PIC). A total of 96 users of PIC completed a survey that included data of quantity, frequency and type of use of Internet and the self-administered Zung Depression Scale (ZDS). The prevalence of depressive symptoms (DS) was 8.33% (CI 3.92 – 16.23). No statistical relationship was found between the number of hours-usage per week and the score in the ZDS (p=0.05). Those that reported that their main usage was watching pornography had 13.47 higher points in the ZDS compared to the other uses being this statistical relationship significative (p = 0.03). No evidence was found that suggested that the prevalence of DS in PIC were higher that the general population.

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Published

2009-12-31

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How to Cite

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Cotlear I, Osada J, Ceccarelli M, Ruiz-Grosso P, Vega-Dienstmaier J. Depressive symptoms in users of public Internet cabins from a district of Lima, Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2009 Dec. 31 [cited 2024 Jun. 23];26(4). Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/1408

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