The psychometric properties of the Smartphone Application-Based Addiction Scale (SABAS)

Csibi, S, Griffiths, MD ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Cook, B, Demetrovics, Z and Szabo, A, 2017. The psychometric properties of the Smartphone Application-Based Addiction Scale (SABAS). International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

The goal of the study was to validate the English version of the Smartphone Application-Based Addiction Scale (SABAS; Csibi et al. 2016), which is a short and easy-to-use tool for screening the risk of smartphone application-based addiction. Another aim was to identify the most frequently used smartphone applications and their perceived importance by the participants. Data were collected online from 240 English-speaking volunteers, aged 18 to 69 years. The instruments used were the SABAS, the Nomophobia Questionnaire (NMP-Q), the Brief Sensation Seeking Scale (BSSS), the Deprivation Sensation Scale (DSS), and the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ- 9). Participants also ranked the importance of their most frequently used smartphone applications. The six items of the SABAS yielded one component, which accounted for 52.38% of the total variance. The internal reliability of the scale was good (Cronbach’s alpha 0.81). NMP-Q was a significant predictor of SABAS, explaining 17.6% of the total variance. The regression analysis, with SABAS score as the dependent variable and NMP-Q, DSS, PHQ-9, and BSSS scores as predictors, indicated that approximately 47% of the variance in SABAS was accounted for by the predictors (R2 = 0.47). The English version of the SABAS appears to be a valid and reliable ultra-brief tool for a quick and easy assessment of smartphone application-based addiction symptoms.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Csibi, S., Griffiths, M.D., Cook, B., Demetrovics, Z. and Szabo, A.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 18 July 2017
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-017-9787-2DOI
9787Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Jul 2017 07:29
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 07:30
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31272

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