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Measurement invariance of the Internet Gaming Disorder Scale-Short-Form (IGDS9-SF) between Australia, the USA, and the UK

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Stavropoulos, V, Beard, C, Griffiths, MD, Buleigh, T, Gomez, R and Pontes, HM 2017 , 'Measurement invariance of the Internet Gaming Disorder Scale-Short-Form (IGDS9-SF) between Australia, the USA, and the UK' , International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, vol. 16, no. 2 , 377–392 , doi: 10.1007/s11469-017-9786-3.

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Abstract

The Internet Gaming Disorder Scale–Short-Form (IGDS9-SF) is widely used to assess Internet Gaming Disorder behaviors. Investigating cultural limitations and implications in its applicability is imperative. One way to evaluate the cross-cultural feasibility of the measure is through measurement invariance analysis. The present study used Multigroup Confirmatory Factor Analysis (MGCFA) to examine the IGDS9-SF measurement invariance across gamers from Australia, the United States of America (USA), and the United Kingdom (UK). To accomplish this, 171 Australian, 463 USA, and 281 UK gamers completed the IGDS9-SF. Although results supported the one-factor structure of the IGD construct, they indicated cross-country variations in the strength of the relationships between the indicators and their respective factor (i.e., non-invariant loadings of items 1, 2, 5), and that the same scores may not always indicate the same level of IGD severity across the three groups (i.e., non-invariant intercepts for items 1, 5, 7, 9).

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Stavropoulos, V and Beard, C and Griffiths, MD and Buleigh, T and Gomez, R and Pontes, HM
Keywords: IGD, IGDS9-SF, measurement invariance, gamers, internet gaming disorder, gaming addiction
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
ISSN: 1557-1874
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s11469-017-9786-3
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Copyright 2017 The Author(s)Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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