Measuring mobile phone dependence in Spanish and Greek high school students using a short scale: Validating both adaptations

Olatz Lopez-Fernandez, Kleopatra Nikolopoulou

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Mobile phones appear to have become one of the main entertainment features in adolescents’ life, which has also been suggested to be potentially addictive. A shortened version of a scale used to detect this potential addiction, the Mobile Phone Problematic Use Scale (MPPUS-10; Foerster, Roser, Schoeni, & Röösli, 2015) has been extracted from the Mobile Phone Problematic Use Scale for Adolescents (MPPUSA; Lopez-Fernandez, Honrubia-Serrano, & Freixa-Blanxart, 2012). To validate this shortened scale, a cross-national study surveyed 1391 high school students in both Spain and Greece, assessing both socio-demographic variables and self- perceived mobile use dependency. The MPPUS-10 exhibited good factorial validity, good reliability, and similar mid scores in both countries. Results from sub-scale symptomatology showed consistency in elevated levels of craving, withdrawal, and loss of control related to mobile phone use in both countries. This study presents evidence of self-perceived mobile phone dependence in south-European high school students, but more research is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTomorrow’s Learning
Subtitle of host publicationInvolving Everyone. Learning with and about Technologies and Computing - 11th IFIP TC 3 World Conference on Computers in Education, WCCE 2017, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMary Webb, Arthur Tatnall
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319743097, 9783319743103
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventIFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE) 2017 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 Jul 20176 Jul 2017
Conference number: 11th (Proceedings) (11th IFIP TC 3 World Conference on Computers in Education, WCCE 2017, Dublin, Ireland, July 3-6, 2017, Revised Selected Papers)

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


ConferenceIFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE) 2017
Abbreviated titleWCCE 2017
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  • Behavioural addiction
  • Cross-cultural study
  • High school students
  • Mobile phone dependence
  • Smartphone dependence

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