Home > Development and validation of a short-form internet overuse screening questionnaire for adults.

Park, Soowon and Lee, Seungchan and Choi, Boungho and Cho, Seunghee and Hong, Jin-Pyo and Jeon, Hong Jin and Kim, Jeongsim and Park, Jee Eun and Lee, Jun-Young (2020) Development and validation of a short-form internet overuse screening questionnaire for adults. European Addiction Research, pp. 1-11. doi: 10.1159/000506629.

External website: https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/506629

AIMS: The aim of the current study was to develop and validate a short-form of the internet overuse screening questionnaire (IOS-Qs).

METHODS: A total of 571 adults were recruited from a representative, stratified, and multistage cluster sample. Among participants, 188 and 383 were used in the development and validation of the IOS-Qs, respectively.

RESULTS: Experts' ratings and Rasch model analyses led to the selection of 8 items from the IOS-Qs; latent-class analysis using these 8 items revealed an estimated prevalence of 8.6% (33 out of 383) of problematic internet over-users. Problematic internet over-users were positively associated with a 1-year prevalence rate of any mental disorder (OR 3.08, p = 0.008), mood disorder (OR 7.11, p = 0.003), and depressive disorder (OR 5.22, p = 0.016). The receiver operating characteristic curves identified an optimal cutoff score of 9.5 for differentiating problematic internet over-users from unproblematic internet users with 94% sensitivity and 94% specificity.

CONCLUSION: The results suggest that the IOS-Qs was valid, and items including social isolation were crucial to the brief distinction of at-risk internet users. Because of its brevity, the questionnaire can be effectively administered as a large-scale survey.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Behavioural addiction
Intervention Type
Screening / Assessment
13 March 2020
Identification #
doi: 10.1159/000506629
Page Range
pp. 1-11

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