Mobile Phone Use and Stress, Sleep Disturbances, and Symptoms of Depression among Young Adults - A Prospective Cohort Study

Sara Thomée; Annika Härenstam; Mats Hagberg


BMC Public Health. 2011;11 

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There were cross-sectional and prospective associations between mobile phone variables and mental health outcomes among the young adults. High frequency of mobile phone use at baseline was a risk factor for reporting sleep disturbances and symptoms of depression for the men and symptoms of depression for the women at 1-year follow-up. The risk for reporting mental health symptoms at follow-up was greatest among those who had reported that they perceived the accessibility via mobile phones to be stressful. Public health prevention strategies focusing on attitudes could include information and advice, helping young adults to set limits for their own and others' accessibility by mobile phone.


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