Factor structure of the compulsive internet use scale

Diana Guertler*, Anja Broda, Anja Bischof, Nadin Kastirke, Gert Jan Meerkerk, Ulrich John, Christian Meyer, Hans Juergen Rumpf

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An important step in Internet addiction research is to develop standardized instruments for assessing Internet addiction-related symptoms. The Compulsive Internet Use Scale (CIUS) is a promising brief questionnaire. The aim of this study was to examine the factor structure of a German version of the CIUS with confirmatory factor analysis in a general population sample. In addition, the best fitting structure was tested for factorial invariance across sex, age, education level, and weekly Internet use. We used a weighted general population sample (N=8,132) of 14-64 years olds spending at least 1 hour online for private purposes per typical working or weekend day. Findings include that a one-factor model was found to fit well. It was invariant across sex, age, education level, and weekly Internet use. The findings support the validity of the CIUS as a short screening instrument.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2014

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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