A psychometric comparison of the Internet Addiction Test, the Internet Related Problem Scale, and self-diagnosis

Widyanto, L., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Brunsden, V., 2011. A psychometric comparison of the Internet Addiction Test, the Internet Related Problem Scale, and self-diagnosis. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14 (3), pp. 141-149.

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Abstract

One of the more prominent issues in the field of Internet addiction is the validity of the instrument used to assess users’ level of Internet involvement. Many of the instruments used to assess Internet addiction have high face validity but have yet to be tested psychometrically. The aim of this study is to compare two of the most used Internet addiction research measures, the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) and the Internet-Related Problem Scale (IRPS), along with a self-diagnostic question simply asking Internet users if they thought they were addicted to the Internet. A total of 225 Internet users participated in the study (69 males and 156 females). Participants who defined themselves as Internet addicts had higher scores on both the IAT and IRPS, and the three different Internet addiction measures were strongly correlated to each other. For the IAT, factor analysis generated three factors (emotional/psychological conflict; time management issues; mood modification) explaining 56.3% of the variance. For the IRPS, factor analysis generated four factors (negative effects of Internet use; mood modification; loss of control; increased Internet use) explaining 60.2% of the variance. The implications for these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Creators: Widyanto, L., Griffiths, M.D. and Brunsden, V.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Date: 2011
Volume: 14
Number: 3
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10.1089/cyber.2010.0151DOI
Rights: This is a copy of an article published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking © 2011 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.; Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking is available online at: http://www.liebertonline.com.
Copyright © 2011 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:20
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:26
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11476

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