The Psychosocial Effects Of Mobile Phone Usage Among The Youth: The Case Of A Selected Christian University

  • Stephen Ndegwa Daystar University-Kenya
  • Peterson Mwangi United States International University-Africa
Keywords: psychosocial, mobile phone, youth, effects, stress, anxiety, addiction


This study’s aim was to investigate the psychosocial effects of mobile phone among the youth. This is because the mobile phone has become ‘a must have’ technological tool among many youths in Kenya and beyond. It has ended up bringing different effects in the lives of many users and of great concern to the negative ones. Through the findings of this research, it was found that some negative psychological and social effects amongst the students can be attributed to their mobile phone usage. The study was carried out in a Christian University among the students aged between 18 and 25 years. 120 respondents were selected in a stratified manner from the various programmes and years of study. All of them had used mobile phone with majority (98%), for a period between 2 – 10 years. The researcher used both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. The findings revealed that majority of the students (83.8%) were aware of the negative effects that might result from the continued use of mobile phone. The following were some of the negative psychosocial effects found among the respondents: financial challenges, cheating, stealing, stress, anxiety, and mobile phone addiction. 

Author Biographies

Stephen Ndegwa, Daystar University-Kenya

Dr. Stephen N. Ndegwa is a consultant clinical psychologist and a lecturer at Daystar University where he teaches PhD, masters, and bachelors courses in his area of specialty. He is a program leader with excellent interpersonal skills. He is experienced in the development and review of programs and curricula. He has been practicing psychology professionally since 2008 and is an experienced clinical supervisor. He is a member of Kenya Counseling and Psychological Association (KCPA).

Stephen has a PhD in Clinical Psychology, a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a bachelors in Psychology from Daystar University. He has extensive knowledge and experience in psychological assessment i.e. training, administering, scoring and interpreting cognitive, personality and projective protocols for children, adolescents and adult populations.

Stephen has demonstrated research experience and is a member of Daystar University Ethics Review Board. His research interests are family, addictions, and other mental disorders prevention and treatment. He has undertaken several research projects and has published in peer-reviewed journals. He has been supervising PhD dissertations and masters’ theses. He is a reviewer of British Journal of Guidance and Counseling and also a committee member of African Journal of Clinical Psychology. He is in the process of writing a book about the troubled mind.

Peterson Mwangi, United States International University-Africa

Dr. Peterson Kimiru Mwangi is a Counselling psychologist with 23 years of professional client contact experience. He earlier served as the founding member of Kenya Universities Professional Counselors Association (KUPCA) - a national body that brings all the Universities counselors together. He served as the pioneer Secretary General. Currently, Dr. Mwangi is a Governing Council Member of The Kenya Guidance Counselling and Psychological Association.   He is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the United States International University – Africa. He is the program leader of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program. His is entrusted to teach courses in other programs including MA in Counselling Psychology. MA in Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Mwangi serves as the School of Human and Social Sciences performance goodwill ambassador where he is entrusted with the task of mobilizing colleagues for the best practices in optimizing performance.

Dr Mwangi holds a PhD in Counselling Psychology. M. Ed in Guidance and Counseling and a B. Ed (Hons) degree all from Kenyatta University. He has a wide experience in teaching having served as a high school teacher after the undergraduate qualification. This informs his expertise and passion in counseling with adolescents and young adults. He served as a University Counselor for 12 years at Daystar University before getting promoted to the position of Dean of Students at the same university.

His research interests are in areas of professionalism and career choices. He is a peer reviewer with the Commission for University Education, the umbrella body that regulates university education in Kenya. Dr. Mwangi is an external examiner with Pan Africa Christian University, Kenya Methodist University and Catholic University. He has published in peer reviewed journals and has presented papers in various international forums.


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