Videogame Addiction Scale for Children: psychometric properties and gamer profiles in the Italian context

Monacis, L., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Cassibba, R., Sinatra, M. and Musso, P., 2020. Videogame Addiction Scale for Children: psychometric properties and gamer profiles in the Italian context. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Given the few studies examining the evaluation of screening tools for videogame addiction among children aged 12 years and under, the present study analyzed (i) the psychometric properties (factorial structure, reliability indices and criterion validity) of the Italian version of the Videogame Addiction Scale for Children (VASC) and (ii) its construct validity using a person-centered approach. Two studies were carried out. In study 1, 728 participants completed a survey including demographic information, questions concerning the amount of time spent in playing videogames, and the Italian version of the VASC. In study 2, 1008 participants completed a survey comprising demographic information, the Italian version of the VASC, the Big Five Questionnaire for Children, and the social dimension subscale of the Multidimensional Self-Concept Scale. Findings supported (i) the four-dimensional first-order factor structure, (ii) full scalar invariance across age groups and partial scalar equivalence across gender, and (iii) reliability and criterion validity of the VASC. The construct validity of the VASC was confirmed by the identification of two distinct profiles (high videogame players vs. low videogame players) and their specific patterns of associations with personality traits and social self-concept. Interaction effects of gender × profiles on personality traits were evidenced. Overall, the findings provided validity for the use of the Italian version of the VASC and extending the body of literature on videogame addiction.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Monacis, L., Griffiths, M.D., Cassibba, R., Sinatra, M. and Musso, P.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 24 November 2020
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-020-00406-wDOI
1390460Other
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 25 Nov 2020 11:26
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 11:27
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41688

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