Translation, Cultural Adaption And Validation Of Cell Phone Addiction Scale In Pakistan

Article Title: Translation, Cultural Adaption And Validation Of Cell Phone Addiction Scale In Pakistan

Author(s): Aamir Abbas, Afshan Channa, Mehdi Farishta, Javeria Abbas, Haider A. Naqvi

Institute(s): Maries Stopes Society Pakistan; Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi; Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi

Journal: Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society

Correspondence Address:  aamir.abp@gmail.com

Abstract

Objective: The objective of this study is to translate, culturally adapt and validate Cell Phone Addiction Scale (CPAS) for the population of Pakistan.

Study Design: Cross sectional study

Place And Duration Of Study: The study was carried out at Aga Khan University from February to March, 2013.

Subjects And Methods: The CPAS was translated using the standardized procedure to verify the semantic, technical and conceptual equivalence of each item in order to maintain the originality of the questionnaire. The validation was carried out in two stages. The participants were initially interviewed by trained data collectors using the CPAS. The second stage interview was conducted by a psychiatrist using DSM IV (TR) as gold standard. Cronbach’s alpha was used to estimate internal consistency of each item. Phi correlation coefficients was used to evaluate the validity of scale.

Results: Fifty-one participants participated in this validation study. Most of the participants were females, single with an intermediate level of education. The sensitivity was increased to 89% at cut of value of 50 on CPAS. The Phi correlation coefficient for the CPAS against the gold standard assessment was 0.62. Cronbach’s alpha of 0.83 was obtained for internal consistency of each item.

Conclusion: Cell Phone Addiction Scale (CPAS) can be used to screen cell phone addiction in clinical and community setting with good psychometric properties.

Keywords: Cell phone addiction scale, validation, and cultural adaption.

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