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Aqeel Ahmad Khan
Muhammad Sajjad
Allah Ditta
Gull Naz Khan
Aamir Iqbal
Ahmed Ikram
Rabia Bashir
Bisma Akhlaq


emotional state, public health, psychological well being


The prevalence of cyberchondria and health anxiety is drastically increasing in the current era of easily accessible online health information, as an increasing number of individuals turn to internet resources to address their health issues. This Pakistani study examined the correlation between health anxiety, cyberchondria, and emotional control. Data about cyberchondria, emotional control, health literacy, and health anxiety were gathered from (N=255) inhabitants using a questionnaire that they completed themselves. The hypothesis was tested using mediation analysis, specifically with Hayes's PROCESS. The findings indicate a favorable correlation between cyberchondria and health anxiety with emotional control (β=0.34**p<0.001). Moreover, health literacy significantly diminishes the inverse correlation between health anxiety and emotional regulation, as indicated by a beta coefficient of -0.51 (p<0.001). According to the findings, health officials should establish countrywide educational planning programs. Engagement in these activities should result in improved health awareness and behaviors. Furthermore, stringent supervision is necessary for internet platforms and websites that disseminate deceptive health information.

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