Psychometric Testing of Three Chinese Online-Related Addictive Behavior Instruments among Hong Kong University Students

Chun Wai Yam, Amir H. Pakpour, Mark D. Griffiths, Wai Yan Yau, Cheuk Long Matthew Lo, Jennifer M.T. Ng, Chung Ying Lin, Hildie Leung

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Abstract

Given that there is a lack of instruments assessing internet-related addictions among Chinese population, this study aimed to validate the Chinese version of the nine-item Internet Gaming Disorder Scales- Short Form (IGDS-SF9), Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale (BSMAS), and Smartphone Application-Based Addiction Scale (SABAS) among Hong Kong university students. Participants aged between 17 and 30 years participated in the present study (n = 307; 32.4% males; mean [SD] age = 21.64 [8.11]). All the participants completed the IGDS-SF9, BSMAS, SABAS, and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) were used to examine the factorial structures and the unidimensionality for IGDS-SF9, BSMAS, and SABAS. CFAs demonstrated that the three scales were all unidimensional with satisfactory fit indices: comparative fit index = 0.969 to 0.992. In addition, the IGDS-SF9 and BSMAS were slightly modified based on the modification index in CFA. The Chinese IGDS-SF9, BSMAS, and SABAS are valid instruments to assess the addiction levels of internet-related activities for Hong Kong university students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-128
Number of pages12
JournalPsychiatric Quarterly
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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