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Portuguese validation of the Internet Addiction Test: an empirical study


Pontes, HM and Patrao, IM and Griffiths, MD, Portuguese validation of the Internet Addiction Test: an empirical study, Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 3, (2) pp. 107-114. ISSN 2062-5871 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1556/JBA.3.2014.2.4


Background and aims: Research into Internet addiction (IA) has increased greatly over the last decade. Despite its various definitions and general lack of consensus regarding its conceptualisation amongst researchers, instruments for measuring this phenomenon have proliferated in a number of countries. There has been little research on IA in Portugal and this may be partly due to the absence of standardised measurement tools for assessing IA.

Methods: This study attempted to address this issue by adapting a Portuguese version of the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) via a translation-back translation process and Confirmatory Factor Analysis in a sample of 593 Portuguese students that completed a Portuguese version of the IAT along with questions related to socio-demographic variables.

Results: The findings suggested that the IAT appears to be a valid and reliable instrument for measuring IA among Portuguese young adults as demonstrated by its satisfactory psychometric properties. However, the present findings also suggest the need to reword and update some of the IAT’s items. Prevalence of IA found in the sample was 1.2% and is discussed alongside findings relating to socio-demographic correlates. Limitations and implications of the present study are also discussed.

Conclusions: The present study calls for a reflection of the IAT while also contributing to a better understanding of the basic aspects of IA in the Portuguese community since many health practitioners are starting to realise that Internet use may pose a risk for some individuals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:internet addiction, online addiction, Internet Addiction Test, Portuguese samples, student populations
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pontes, HM (Dr Halley de Oliveira Miguel Pontes)
ID Code:132439
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:56
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2019-08-22
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