The Problematic Internet Entertainment Use Scale for Adolescents: Prevalence of Problem Internet Use in Spanish High School Students

Lopez-Fernandez, O ORCID: 0000-0002-4294-9156, Freixa-Blanxart, M and Honrubia-Serrano, ML, 2013. The Problematic Internet Entertainment Use Scale for Adolescents: Prevalence of Problem Internet Use in Spanish High School Students. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16 (2), pp. 108-118. ISSN 2152-2715

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Abstract

Many researchers and professionals have reported nonsubstance addiction to online entertainments in adolescents. However, very few scales have been designed to assess problem Internet use in this population, in spite of their high exposure and obvious vulnerability. The aim of this study was to review the currently available scales for assessing problematic Internet use and to validate a new scale of this kind for use, specifically in this age group, the Problematic Internet Entertainment Use Scale for Adolescents. The research was carried out in Spain in a gender-balanced sample of 1131 high school students aged between 12 and 18 years. Psychometric analyses showed the scale to be unidimensional, with excellent internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha of 0.92), good construct validity, and positive associations with alternative measures of maladaptive Internet use. This self-administered scale can rapidly measure the presence of symptoms of behavioral addiction to online videogames and social networking sites, as well as their degree of severity. The results estimate the prevalence of this problematic behavior in Spanish adolescents to be around 5 percent.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Creators: Lopez-Fernandez, O., Freixa-Blanxart, M. and Honrubia-Serrano, M.L.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Date: 20 February 2013
Volume: 16
Number: 2
ISSN: 2152-2715
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10.1089/cyber.2012.0250DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 09 Sep 2016 09:47
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:05
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28423

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