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Internet Use Disorder:
Psychological Tests

For the evaluation of Internet Use Disorder only a few psychological tests are available. Since the development of uniform diagnostic criteria is still a subject of discussion, some of the tests available show lacks in psychometric qualities.

The Internet Addiction Test (IAT), the Compulsive Internet Use Scale (CIUS), the Chen Internet Addiction Scale (CIAS)  and the Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire (PIUQ) are some of the most used psychological tests.

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Internet Addiction Test (IAT)

The Internet Addiction Test (IAT) by Kimberly S. Young was one of the first psychological tests to asses the problem of pathological use of the Internet.

An older version of the IAT, the Diagnostic Questionnaire (DQ), consisted of 8 Items and was based on the DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling.

The Internet Addiction Test consists of 20 items using a five-point Likert scale (cf. Young 1998, Widyanto 2004).

Since the Internet Addiction Test was in part developed as a tool for self-help and self-assessment, the quality of its psychometric properties has been criticized.

Further analysis is needed.

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Compulsive Internet Use Scale (CIUS)

The Compulsive Internet Use Scale (CIUS) by Meerkerk et al. of the Addiction Research Institute of Rotterdam (Netherlands) is an 14-item questionnaire (cf. Meerkerk 2009).

An arabic and a french version of the Compulsive Internet Use Scale (CIUS) have been evaluated by Khazaal et al. (cf. Khazaal 2011, Khazaal 2012).

Further analysis is needed.

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Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire (PIUQ)

The Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire (PIUQ) by Demetrovics et al. of the Addiction Research Unit of the University of Budapest is an 18-item questionnaire containing  three subscales (obsessions, neglect, control disorder).

In a preliminary analysis the PIUQ showed an internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha) of .87 (subscales .85, .74, .76) and a test-retest correlation of .90 (cf. Demetrovics 2008, Koronczai 2011).

Further analysis is needed.

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Chen Internet Addiction Scale (CIUS)

The Chen Internet Addiction Scale (CIAS) is (like the Internet Addiction Test) a modified version of the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for pathological gamblimg. The CIAS consists of 26-items on a four-point Likert scale, the total score ranges from 26 to 84 (cf. Ko 2005).

Further analysis is needed.

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Further Reading...

 

“Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment”

by K.S. Young and C. Nabuco de Abreu (Editors)

Kimberley S. Young, the researcher who first brought clinical attention to the issue of problematic Internet use, and Christiano Nabuco de Abreu, director of the Integrated Impulsive Disorders Outpatient Unit at the University of San Paulo, provide with “Internet Addiction - A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment” an up to date overview on Internet addiction, the treatment options and strategies for prevention.

This book on Amazon.com >>

 

References

Internet Use Disorder: Psychological Tests

Beard KW (2005). Internet addiction: a review of current assessment techniques and potential assessment questions. Cyberpsychol Behav 8(1): 7–14.
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Demetrovics Z, Szeredi B, Rózsa S (2008). The three-factor model of Internet addiction: the development of the Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire. Behav Res Methods. 40(2): 563-74.
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Ferraro G, Caci B, D’Amico A, Di Blasi M (2007). Internet Addiction Disorder: An Italian study. Cyberpsychol Behav 10(2): 170–5.
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Johansson A, Götestam KG (2004). Internet addiction: characteristics of a questionnaire and prevalence in Norwegian youth (12-18 years). Scand J Psychol 45(3): 223–9.
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Khazaal Y, Chatton A, Atwi K, Zullino D, Khan R, Billieux J (2011). Arabic validation of the Compulsive Internet Use Scale (CIUS). Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2011 Nov 29;6:32.
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Khazaal Y, Chatton A, Horn A, Achab S, Thorens G, Zullino D, Billieux J (2012). French validation of the compulsive Internet use scale (CIUS). Psychiatr Q. 83(4): 397-405.
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Ko CH, Yen JY, Yen CF, Chen CC, Yen CN, Chen SH (2005). Screening for Internet Addiction: An Empirical Study on Cut-off Points for the Chen Internet Addiction Scale. Kaohsiung J Med Sci 21(12): 545–51.
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Koronczai B, Urbán R, Kökönyei G, Paksi B, Papp K, Kun B, Arnold P, Kállai J, Demetrovics Z (2011). Confirmation of the three-factor model of problematic internet use on off-line adolescent and adult samples. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw 14(11):657-64.
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Meerkerk GJ, Van Den Eijnden RJ, Vermulst AA, Garretsen HF (2009). The Compulsive Internet Use Scale (CIUS): some psychometric properties. Cyberpsychol Behav 12(1): 1-6.
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Widyanto L, McMurran M (2004). The psychometric properties of the internet addiction test. Cyberpsychol Behav 7(4): 443-50.
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Young KS (1998). Caught in the net. How to recognize the signs of internet addiction and a winning strategy for recovery. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
This book on Amazon.com >>

Internet Use Disorder: Reviews
 

Cash H, Rae CD, Steel AH, Winkler A (2012). Internet Addiction: A Brief Summary of Research and Practice. Curr Psychiatry Rev 8(4): 292–8.
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Chakraborty K, Basu D, Vijaya Kumar KG (2010). Internet addiction: consensus, controversies, and the way ahead. East Asian Arch Psychiatry 20(3): 123-32.
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Huang XQ, Li MC, Tao R (2010). Treatment of Internet Addiction. Current Psychiatry Reports 12(5): 462-70.
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Petersen KU, Weymann N, Schelb Y, Thiel R, Thomasius R (2009). Pathologischer Internetgebrauch - Epidemiologie, Diagnostik, komorbide Störungen und Behandlungsansätze. Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr 77(5):263-71.
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Peukert P, Sieslack S, Barth G, Batra A (2010). Internet- and computer game addiction: Phenomenology, comorbidity, etiology, diagnostics and therapeutic implications for the addictives and their relatives. Psychiatr Prax 37(5): 219-24.
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Shaw M, Black DW (2008). Internet addiction: definition, assessment, epidemiology and clinical management. CNS Drugs 22(5): 353-65.
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van Rooij AJ, Zinn MF, Schoenmakers TM, van de Mheen D (2012). Treating Internet Addiction With Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: A Thematic Analysis of the Experiences of Therapists. Int J Ment Health Addiction 10(1): 69-82.
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Winkler A, Dörsing B, Rief W, Shen Y, Glombiewski JA (2013). Treatment of internet addiction: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review 33: 317–329.
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Wölfling K, Bühler M, Leménager T, Mörsen C, Mann K (2009). Gambling and internet addiction. Review and research agenda [Article in German]. Nervenarzt 80(9): 1030–9.
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Young KS (1998 a). Caught in the net. How to recognize the signs of internet addiction and a winning strategy for recovery. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
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Young KS (1998 b). Internet addiction: The emergence of a new clinical disorder. Cyberpsychol Behav 1(3): 237–44.
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