Measurement Invariance of the Short Version of the Problematic Mobile Phone Use Questionnaire (PMPUQ-SV) across Eight Languages (2018)

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Jun 8;15(6). pii: E1213. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15061213.

Lopez-Fernandez O1,2, Kuss DJ3, Pontes HM4, Griffiths MD5, Dawes C6, Justice LV7, Männikkö N8, Kääriäinen M9, Rumpf HJ10, Bischof A11, Gässler AK12, Romo L13, Kern L14, Morvan Y15, Rousseau A16, Graziani P17,18, Demetrovics Z19, Király O20, Schimmenti A21, Passanisi A22, Lelonek-Kuleta B23, Chwaszcz J24, Chóliz M25, Zacarés JJ26, Serra E27, Dufour M28, Rochat L29, Zullino D30,31, Achab S32,33, Landrø NI34, Suryani E35, Hormes JM36, Terashima JP37, Billieux J38,39,40.


The prevalence of mobile phone use across the world has increased greatly over the past two decades. Problematic Mobile Phone Use (PMPU) has been studied in relation to public health and comprises various behaviours, including dangerous, prohibited, and dependent use. These types of problematic mobile phone behaviours are typically assessed with the short version of the Problematic Mobile Phone Use Questionnaire (PMPUQ⁻SV). However, to date, no study has ever examined the degree to which the PMPU scale assesses the same construct across different languages. The aims of the present study were to (i) determine an optimal factor structure for the PMPUQ⁻SV among university populations using eight versions of the scale (i.e., French, German, Hungarian, English, Finnish, Italian, Polish, and Spanish); and (ii) simultaneously examine the measurement invariance (MI) of the PMPUQ⁻SV across all languages. The whole study sample comprised 3038 participants. Descriptive statistics, correlations, and Cronbach’s alpha coefficients were extracted from the demographic and PMPUQ-SV items. Individual and multigroup confirmatory factor analyses alongside MI analyses were conducted. Results showed a similar pattern of PMPU across the translated scales. A three-factor model of the PMPUQ-SV fitted the data well and presented with good psychometric properties. Six languages were validated independently, and five were compared via measurement invariance for future cross-cultural comparisons. The present paper contributes to the assessment of problematic mobile phone use because it is the first study to provide a cross-cultural psychometric analysis of the PMPUQ-SV.

KEYWORDS: Problematic Mobile Phone Use; Problematic Mobile Phone Use Questionnaire; measurement invariance; mobile phone use; psychometric testing; smartphone use

PMID: 29890709

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15061213