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    Emerging adults and Facebook use: the validation of the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale (BFAS)

    da Veiga, G.F. and Sotero, L. and Pontes, Halley and Cunha, D. and Portugal, A. and Relvas, A.P. (2019) Emerging adults and Facebook use: the validation of the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale (BFAS). International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 17 (2), pp. 279-294. ISSN 1557-1874.

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    Abstract

    Based on the six key components of addiction, the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale (BFAS) is a widely used instrument to assess Facebook addiction. This study aimed to conduct a psychometric validation in a Portuguese sample of emerging adults (ages 18 to 29 years). The construct validity analyses confirmed the one-factor solution and a statistically significant association found between Facebook addiction and Preference for Online Social Interaction, measured by the Generalized Problematic Internet Use Scale 2, warranted the scale criterion validity. Internal consistency was scrutinized using Cronbach’s α (α = .87) and stability measured by test-retest (r = .94). Associations between BFAS scores and Brief Symptom Inventory dimensions scores (e.g., interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety) and the GPIUS2 subscale, deficient self-regulation, scores were evaluated. A subsample with higher levels of addiction was analyzed. In summary, the results of the present study support the use of the Portuguese version of the BFAS in both research and clinical milieus. Further implications for research and practice were considered.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2021 13:11
    Last Modified: 16 Jun 2021 13:00
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/43444

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