Psychometric analysis and validation of the Italian Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale

Soraci, P., Ferrari, A., Barberis, N., Luvarà, G., Urso, A., Del Fante, E. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2020. Psychometric analysis and validation of the Italian Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Social media use, and specifically Facebook use, has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Despite the many benefits of social networking, a small minority of individuals appear to develop issues surrounding social media use, and more specifically Facebook use. It has, therefore, led some scholars to describe such problematic activity as a behavioral addiction. Such problematic behaviors have been reported in many countries including Italy. The present study validated and examined the reliability and validity of the Italian version of the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale (BFAS) by conducting a psychometric examination among an Italian sample of adults (n = 217; aged 18 to 68 years). Internal reliability was examined using various indicators, including Cronbach’s α, which was excellent (α = 0.94). Results indicated that Facebook addiction was significantly correlated with social media addiction, smartphone addiction, narcissism, depression, and self-esteem. The results of the present study support the use of the Italian version of the BFAS in research and confirms the uni-dimensional nature of the single factor proposed by the original authors.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: First Online: 17 June 2020; : ; : The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.; : All procedures performed in this study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the University’s Research Ethics Board and with the 1975 Helsinki Declaration.; : Informed consent was obtained from all participants.
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Soraci, P., Ferrari, A., Barberis, N., Luvarà, G., Urso, A., Del Fante, E. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 17 June 2020
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-020-00346-5DOI
1334658Other
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 22 Jun 2020 08:18
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2020 08:18
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40072

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