Psychometric properties of three simplified Chinese online-related addictive behavior instruments among mainland Chinese primary school students

Chen, I.-H., Ahorsu, D.K., Pakpour, A.H., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Lin, C.-Y. and Chen, C.-Y., 2020. Psychometric properties of three simplified Chinese online-related addictive behavior instruments among mainland Chinese primary school students. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11: 875. ISSN 1664-0640

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Abstract

Background/Objective: There are inadequate screening instruments for assessing specific internet-related addictions among mainland Chinese primary school students. Therefore, the present study validated the psychometric properties of three simplified Chinese online-related addictive behavior instruments among mainland Chinese primary school students.

Method: Fourth to sixth graders (n = 1108; 48.3% males; mean [SD] age = 10.37 years [0.95]) completed the nine-item Internet Gaming Disorder Scales-Short Form (IGDS-SF9), Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale (BSMAS), and Smartphone Application-Based Addiction Scale (SABAS) in a classroom. The factorial structures and the unidimensionality of the three scales were examined using confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs). Measurement invariance of the three scales was examined using multigroup confirmatory factor analyses (MGCFAs) across gender.

Results: The findings demonstrated that the three scales (Cronbach’s α = 0.73 to 0.84) had unidimensional structure as supported by satisfactory fit indices (comparative fit index = 0.98 to 1.00). The MGCFA findings indicated that the unidimensional structures of the three scales were invariant across gender.

Conclusions: The findings indicate that the three simplified Chinese scales (IGDS-SF9, BSMAS, and SABAS) are valid instruments for assessing online-related addictive behaviors among mainland Chinese primary school students irrespective of their gender.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Creators: Chen, I.-H., Ahorsu, D.K., Pakpour, A.H., Griffiths, M.D., Lin, C.-Y. and Chen, C.-Y.
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Date: 3 September 2020
Volume: 11
ISSN: 1664-0640
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00875DOI
1363724Other
Rights: Copyright © 2020 Chen, Ahorsu, Pakpour, Griffiths, Lin and Chen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 10 Sep 2020 12:28
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2020 12:28
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40666

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