ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
Original Article

Addiction in Romantic Relationships Scale Development: Validity and Reliability Study


Department of Drug Abuse, Ege University, Institute on Drug Abuse, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science, Izmir, Türkiye


Ege University Research and Application Center of Child and Adolescent Alcohol Drug Addiction, Izmir, Türkiye


Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Türkiye

Addicta 2023; 10: 52-58
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2023.23027
Read: 650 Downloads: 351 Published: 01 April 2023

There is a concrete definition and diagnostic need for addiction in romantic relationships. The present study aims to develop a scale to identify individuals’ addiction levels in romantic relationships. The Addiction in Romantic Relationships Scale was developed and tested on 1110 Turkish university students (61.4% female; mean age 21.2 ± 2.08 years). The factor structure was investigated with exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis. The scale consisted of a 13-item, three-factor structure (dedication, withdrawal, and obsession) that explained 62.4% of the total variance. The correlation coefficients between the Addiction in Romantic Relationships Scale subscales and the total score ranged from .74 to .86. The scale had good fit rates in terms of the confidential factor analysis (comparative fit index = .96, normed fit index = .95, goodness of fit index = .96, root mean square error of approximation = .55). Concurrent validity results showed that the Addiction in Romantic Relationships Scale had a high positive correlation between the love addiction criteria (r = .51) and Experiences in Close Relationship-Revised (r = .60). The scale had high reliability (Cronbach’s alpha= .87). As a result, the Addiction in Romantic Relationships Scale is a valid and reliable scale consisting of 13 items and a three-factor structure for evaluation of addiction in romantic relationships.

Cite this article as: Atlam, D., Akyel Göven, B., & Yüncü, Z. (2023). Addiction in romantic relationships scale development: Validity and reliability study. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 10(1), 52-58.

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