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      Portuguese validation of the Internet Addiction Test: An empirical study

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          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.

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                Journal
                J Behav Addict
                jba
                Journal of Behavioral Addictions
                Akadémiai Kiadó (Budapest )
                2062-5871
                2063-5303
                June 2014
                13 June 2014
                : 3
                : 2
                : 107-114
                Affiliations
                1International Gaming Research Unit, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom
                2Unidade de Investigaääo em Psicologia e Saúde, ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Lisbon, Portugal
                Author notes
                *Corresponding author: Halley M. Pontes, International Gaming Research Unit, Psychology Division, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, NG1 4BU, Nottingham, United Kingdom. E-mail: halleypontes@ 123456hotmail.com
                Article
                jba.3.2014.2.4
                10.1556/JBA.3.2014.2.4
                4117285
                © 2014 Akadémiai Kiadó

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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