The mental health literacy of internet addiction among adolescents: An initial measure development and validation

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Internet Addiction: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Health Effects, 2016, pp. 53 - 69
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© 2017 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. This study aims to describe the initial development and to investigate the psychometric properties of an instrument for measuring the Mental Health Literacy (MHL) of Internet Addiction (IA). The formation of the items was based on the Australian National Survey of Mental Health Literacy and Stigma Youth Survey. It was designed as a vignette-based questionnaire depicting behavioural characteristics of a severe problem with Internet usage. These symptomatic behaviours were based on the description in the Young Internet Addiction Test (IAT). This newly developed instrument was administered to 348 adolescents aged between 15-18 years randomly recruited from high schools in a large city. Responses on the recognition of the problem from the vignette with the recognition of another vignette depicting depression were compared. The convergent validity of the intended action to seek help was investigated using the Self-Stigma of Seeking Help Scale (SSOSH), and the personal identification of the problem by the IAT. The results of this study provided supporting evidence for the validity of the MHL of IA measure. As the unique measure of the MHL of IA, this could play an important role in understanding the level of MHL in the population of an emerging area of psychiatric problem.
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