Index of problematic online experiences: Item characteristics and correlation with negative symptomatology

Kimberly J. Mitchell, Chiara Sabina, David Finkelhor, Melissa Wells

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Abstract

This exploratory study aimed to develop and test a quick, easily administered instrument, the Index of Problematic Online Experiences (I-POE). The goal of the I-POE extends beyond assessing for Internet overuse to broadly assess problematic Internet use across several domains and activities. Data was collected from 563 college students from a Northern New England university using an online survey methodology. Results indicated the I-POE has adequate construct validity and is highly correlated with a variety of relevant constructs: depression, anger/irritability, tension-reduction behavior, sexual concerns, and dysfunctional sexual behavior as measured by the Trauma Symptom Inventory; as well as amount of Internet use and permissive attitudes toward engaging in a variety of sexual activities. Early flagging of online experiences could mitigate the negative effects associated with problematic use. The I-POE, as an easy-to-administer, short screening index, holds promise in this regard. Initial testing of the instrument points to its utility in identifying persons who are experiencing a broad range of Internet-related problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)707-711
Number of pages5
JournalCyberpsychology and Behavior
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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  • Applied Psychology
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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Mitchell, Kimberly J. ; Sabina, Chiara ; Finkelhor, David ; Wells, Melissa. / Index of problematic online experiences : Item characteristics and correlation with negative symptomatology. In: Cyberpsychology and Behavior. 2009 ; Vol. 12, No. 6. pp. 707-711.
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In: Cyberpsychology and Behavior, Vol. 12, No. 6, 01.12.2009, p. 707-711.

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