ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
Research Article

Adapting the Short Form of the Internet Gaming Disorder Scale into Turkish: Validity and Reliability*

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(PhD), Department of Psychology, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Hasan Kalyoncu University, Gaziantep 27410 Turkey

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Department of Psychology, Hasan Kalyoncu University, Gaziantep Turkey

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Department of Psychology, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences Hasan Kalyoncu University, Gaziantep 27410 Turkey

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Psychology Department, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street Nottingham UK NG1 4FQ

Addicta 2018; 5: 615-636
DOI: 10.15805/addicta.2018.5.4.0027
Read: 78 Downloads: 28 Published: 25 June 2018

The nine-item Internet Gaming Disorder Scale – Short Form (IGDS9-SF) is one of the most popular instruments developed based on DSM-5 to assess gaming addiction internationally. Given the number of common instruments to assess and diagnose gaming disorder cross-culturally, validity and reliability studies of instruments such as the IGDS9-SF have become more important. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to adapt and examine psychometric properties of IGDS9-SF in Turkish. A total of 455 participants aged between 10 and 29 years were recruited to take part in the present study. Validity of the IGDS9-SF was assessed in two ways: confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and criterion-related validity. CFA revealed that IGDS9-SF was unidimensional. A significant correlation between IGDS9-SF and Internet Addiction Scale indicated criterion-related validity. One supportive finding for the validity was the significant difference found between the upper and lower 27-percentile groups in terms of IGDS9-SF scores. The IGDS9-SF also showed satisfactory levels of reliability using Cronbach’s alpha (.82), Guttman’s split-half (.75), and testretest reliability coefficient (.78). It is concluded that the IGDS9-SF appears to be a valid and reliable scale to assess IGD among Turkish adolescents and young adults.

Citatiton: Arıcak, O. T., Dinç, M., Yay, M., & Griffiths M. D. (2018). Adapting the Short Form of the Internet Gaming Disorder Scale into Turkish: Validity and reliability. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 5, 615‒636. http://dx.doi.org/10.15805/addicta.2018.5.4.0027

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