Predicting problematic mobile phone use in adolescente: an empirical study on factors for MPPUSA

Olatz Lopez Fernandez, José Luis Losada-Lopez, María Luisa Honrubia-Serrano, Montserrat Freixa-Blanxart

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It has been undertaken an empirical study to predict the problematic mobile telephone use in adolescents through the most extended test to measure it: the Mobile Phone Problematic Use Scale or "MPPUS" (Bianchi & Phillips, 2005) which was adapted previously for Adolescents, the "MPPUSA" (Lopez-Fernandez, Honrubia-Serrano & Freixa-Blanxart, 2012). The purpose of this work is to predict this new psychological construct in relation to the following factors: gender (male, female), groups of adolescents' age (11-14 or 15-18 years old), kind of school (public or private school), parents' level of education (at least one with university level or not) and consumption of drugs (smoke/drink alcohol or not). The sample size was 1438 adolescents from Spain and England, from 11 to 18 years old. It was administered a paper-pencil questionnaire from 2009-2010 with the sociodemographic variables studied and the MPPUSA adapted to each culture. Main results have been extracted through a logistic regression analysis to obtain an equation for purposes of prediction or calculation of the risk on "problematic mobile phone use", to estimate a probability with some validity and accuracy for a subject. The retrieved model correctly classifies a 60.1% of the subjects and with a sensitivity of 66.6% for subjects with problematic use. The findings let us to share and discuss the main socio-demographic factors studied in relation with this new addictive phenomenon in adolescence and also contributing to lead this new psychological field based on technological addictions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean Congress of Methodology 2012 - University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Duration: 17 Jul 201220 Jul 2012
Conference number: 5th


ConferenceEuropean Congress of Methodology 2012
Abbreviated titleECM 2012
CitySantiago de Compostela

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