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Measurement invariance of the nine-item Internet Gaming Disorder Scale (IGDS9-SF) across Albania, USA, UK, and Italy


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de Palo, V, Monacis, L, Sinatra, M, Griffiths, MD, Pontes, H ORCID: 0000-0001-8020-7623, Petro, M and Miceli, S 2018 , 'Measurement invariance of the nine-item Internet Gaming Disorder Scale (IGDS9-SF) across Albania, USA, UK, and Italy' , International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction , pp. 1-12 , doi: 10.1007/s11469-018-9925-5.

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The IGDS9-SF, which assesses Internet Gaming Disorder behaviors, has been validated in a number of countries (Portugal, Italy, Iran, Slovenia), although the psychometric equivalence of the instrument has been assessed only across Australia, the USA, the UK, and India. This research aimed at providing further cross-cultural insights into IGD by assessing the factorial structure of the IGDS9-SF in Albania and investigating its measurement invariance across Albanian, Italian, American, and British gamers. Multi-Group Confirmatory Factor Analyses were performed on a sample of 1411 participants from Albania (n = 228), USA (n = 237), the UK (n = 275), and Italy (n = 671). The CFAs confirmed the single-factor structure in the four countries. Measurement invariance supported the configural invariance and partially supported the metric and scalar invariance. Overall, the findings provided evidence for the underlying factor assessing IGD across the countries, although the specific meaning of the construct was non-identical.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:de Palo, V and Monacis, L and Sinatra, M and Griffiths, MD and Pontes, H and Petro, M and Miceli, S
Keywords: Internet Gaming Disorder, gaming addiction, video gaming, IGDS9-SF, cross-cultural validation, measurement invariance
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1557-1874
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s11469-018-9925-5
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