Confirmation of the Chinese version of the Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire Short Form (PIUQ-SF)

Koronczai, B., Kökönyei, G., Urbán, R., Király, O., Nagygyörgy, K., Felvinczi, K., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Huang, Z. and Demetrovics, Z., 2017. Confirmation of the Chinese version of the Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire Short Form (PIUQ-SF). International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 15 (1), pp. 191-197. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Although an increasing number of studies have focused on problematic Internet use, numerous measures exist with only modest investigation into their reliability and validity, both within and across different cultures (Király et al. 2015). The most frequently used questionnaire is the Internet Addiction Test (Young 1998). However, its factor structure appears to be unstable (e.g., Fernandez-Villa et al. 2015; Pontesetal. 2014). Koronczai et al. (2011) suggested that a suitable measure should fit six basic requirements. More specifically, it should be (i) comprehensive, that is examining more, possibly all, aspects of problematic Internet use; (ii) as concise as possible, in order to be able to assess the more impulsive population, and to use in time-limited surveys (or having different forms with different length). Such a measure should be (iii) reliable and valid for different methods of data collection (e.g. online, paper-and-pencil self-rating, face-to-face); as well as (iv) for different age groups (e.g. adolescents and adults), and (v) in different cultural settings. Finally, (vi) cut-off scores should be defined on the basis of clinical examination. The Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire (PIUQ) (Demetrovics et al. 2008) fulfills several of the aforementioned criteria. The 18-item PIUQ is a comprehensive measure that assesses three basic aspects of problematic Internet use (i.e., obsession, neglect, and control disorder). The 18-item and the shorter 9-item versions of the PIUQ have a reliable structure, and are suitable for time-limited surveys and have proved to be valid across various methods of data collection (i.e., online as well as paper-pencil) and age groups (Demetrovics et al. 2008; Koronczai et al. 2011). However, its implementation has so far mostly taken place in Western individualistic cultures (Kelley and Gruber 2010, 2013; Koronczai et al. 2011; Zahodne et al. 2011. To date, the PIUQ has also been applied in a survey in Iran with good Cronbach’s alpha coefficients and subscales (Mazhari 2012a, 2012b). Consequently, validation of the questionnaire in a culture that is significantly different from the Western culture is needed. Accordingly, the aim of the present study was the validation of the 9-item PIUQ among the Chinese population.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Koronczai, B., Kökönyei, G., Urbán, R., Király, O., Nagygyörgy, K., Felvinczi, K., Griffiths, M.D., Huang, Z. and Demetrovics, Z.
Publisher: Springer
Date: February 2017
Volume: 15
Number: 1
ISSN: 1557-1874
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1007/s11469-016-9664-4DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 Jun 2016 15:38
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 12:46
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27984

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