Validation of the Persian version of the Instagram Addiction Scale among Iranian students

Sharifi Fard, S.A., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Babaei, G.A., Zadeh, S.N. and Majidi, A.H., 2022. Validation of the Persian version of the Instagram Addiction Scale among Iranian students. Journal of Concurrent Disorders, 4 (3), pp. 53-70. ISSN 2562-7546

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Background: The increasing use of social networking sites (SNSs) globally has brought about significant changes in individuals' daily lives and interpersonal relationships. Instagram is one of the most popular SNSs and has played an important role in these changes. While most individuals' use of Instagram has beneficial effects, there have been some studies suggesting that Instagram use can be addictive for a small minority of users. Therefore, valid and reliable tools are needed to investigate this phenomenon.

Method: The present study tested the psychometric properties of the 15-item Persian version of the Instagram Addiction Scale (IAS) among Iranian students. Confirmatory factor analysis and convergent validity were used to evaluate scale validity, and Cronbach's alpha and test-retest methods were used to evaluate the reliability. The sample comprised 660 students, including 476 women (72.1%) and 184 men (27.9%). The mean age of the total sample was 23.7 years.

Results: Cronbach's alpha coefficients were 0.87 for the whole scale, 0.74 for the social effect subscale and 0.84 for the compulsion subscale. Correlation coefficients obtained from divergent validity with psychological well-being and life satisfaction scales were significant.

Conclusion: The findings suggest that the Persian IAS is a reliable and valid instrument for assessing the risk of Instagram addiction among Iranian students.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Concurrent Disorders
Creators: Sharifi Fard, S.A., Griffiths, M.D., Babaei, G.A., Zadeh, S.N. and Majidi, A.H.
Publisher: Concurrent Disorders Society
Date: 2022
Volume: 4
Number: 3
ISSN: 2562-7546
Rights: ©2021 Sharifi Fard, S.A.., Griffiths, M.D., Ali Babaei, G., Nabi Zadeh, S., Majidi, A. H. Licensee CDS Press, Toronto, Canada. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 06 Jan 2022 09:38
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 08:28

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