Social networking addiction, attachment style, and validation of the Italian version of the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale

Monacis, L, de Palo, V, Griffiths, MD ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Sinatra, M, 2017. Social networking addiction, attachment style, and validation of the Italian version of the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6 (2), pp. 178-186. ISSN 2062-5871

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Abstract

Aim: Research into social networking addiction has greatly increased over the last decade. However, the number of
validated instruments assessing addiction to social networking sites (SNSs) remains few, and none have been
validated in the Italian language. Consequently, this study tested the psychometric properties of the Italian version of
the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale (BSMAS), as well as providing empirical data concerning the relationship
between attachment styles and SNS addiction. Methods: A total of 769 participants were recruited to this study. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and multigroup analyses were applied to assess construct validity of the Italian version of the BSMAS. Reliability analyses comprised the average variance extracted, the standard error of
measurement, and the factor determinacy coefficient.
Results: Indices obtained from the CFA showed the Italian
version of the BSMAS to have an excellent fit of the model to the data, thus confirming the single-factor structure of
the instrument. Measurement invariance was established at configural, metric, and strict invariances across age
groups, and at configural and metric levels across gender groups. Internal consistency was supported by several
indicators. In addition, the theoretical associations between SNS addiction and attachment styles were generally
supported.Conclusion: This study provides evidence that the Italian version of the BSMAS is a psychometrically robust tool that can be used in future Italian research into social networking addiction.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Creators: Monacis, L., de Palo, V., Griffiths, M.D. and Sinatra, M.
Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
Date: June 2017
Volume: 6
Number: 2
ISSN: 2062-5871
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1556/2006.6.2017.023DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 17 May 2017 09:54
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 08:42
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30690

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