The Conceptualization and Assessment of Problematic Mobile Phone Use

Olatz Lopez Fernandez, Daria J. Kuss, Mark D. Griffiths, Joël Billieux

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Despite its many undoubted advantages, mobile phone use has been associated with harmful and/or maladaptive behaviour. Problematic mobile phone use is considered as an inability of individuals to regulate their use of the mobile phone, and it eventually leads to negative consequences in daily life. The first goal of this article is to define and conceptualize the various facets of dysfunctional mobile phone use. The second goal is to describe the various steps of validating an instrument to assess problematic mobile phone use. Such an instrument needs to (1.) specify the user's mobile phone behaviour (i.e., the applications they use on their mobile phone), (2.) provide accurate measures of actual mobile phone use, and (3.) assess the extent of problematic mobile phone use. A comprehensive review of the existing validated questionnaires is provided. The theoretical and methodological limitations of the existing measures are then discussed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior
EditorsZheng Yan
Place of PublicationHershey PA USA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781466682405
ISBN (Print)9781466682399, 1466682396
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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