Validation of a Spanish Questionnaire on Mobile Phone Abuse (2018)

Front Psychol. 2018 Apr 30;9:621. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00621.

Olivencia-Carrión MA1, Ramírez-Uclés I2, Holgado-Tello P3, López-Torrecillas F1.


Mobile phone addiction has attracted much attention recently and is showing similarity to other substance use disorders. Because no studies on mobile phone addiction had yet been conducted in Spain, we developed and validated a questionnaire (Cuestionario de Abuso del Teléfono Móvil, ATeMo) to measure mobile phone abuse among young adults in Spanish. The ATeMo questionnaire was designed based on relevant DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and included craving as a diagnostic symptom. Using stratified sampling, the ATeMo questionnaire was administered to 856 students (mean age 21, 62% women). The MULTICAGE questionnaire was administered to assess history of drug abuse and addiction. Using confirmatory factor analysis, we found evidence for the construct validity of the following factors: Craving, Loss of Control, Negative Life Consequences, and Withdrawal Syndrome, and their association with a second order factor related to mobile phone abuse. The four ATeMO factors were also associated with alcoholism, internet use, and compulsive buying. Important gender differences were found that should be considered when studying mobile phone addictions. The ATeMo is a valid and reliable instrument that can be used in further research on mobile phone abuse.

KEYWORDS: DSM-5; Spanish population; abuse; mobile phone; validity

PMID: 29760674

PMCID: PMC5936979

DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00621