Reliability and Validity of the Korean Version of the Internet Addiction Test Among College Students.

Reliability and Validity of the Korean Version of the Internet Addiction Test among College Students.

J Korean Med Sci. 2013 May; 28(5): 763-8
Lee K, Lee HK, Gyeong H, Yu B, Song YM, Kim D

We developed a Korean translation of the Internet Addiction Test (KIAT), widely used self-report for internet addiction and tested its reliability and validity in a sample of college students. Two hundred seventy-nine college students at a national university completed the KIAT. Internal consistency and two week test-retest reliability were calculated from the data, and principal component factor analysis was conducted. Participants also completed the Internet Addiction Diagnostic Questionnaire (IADQ), the Korea Internet addiction scale (K-scale), and the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 for the criterion validity. Cronbach’s alpha of the whole scale was 0.91, and test-retest reliability was also good (r = 0.73). The IADQ, the K-scale, and depressive symptoms were significantly correlated with the KIAT scores, demonstrating concurrent and convergent validity. The factor analysis extracted four factors (Excessive use, Dependence, Withdrawal, and Avoidance of reality) that accounted for 59% of total variance. The KIAT has outstanding internal consistency and high test-retest reliability. Also, the factor structure and validity data show that the KIAT is comparable to the original version. Thus, the KIAT is a psychometrically sound tool for assessing internet addiction in the Korean-speaking population. HubMed – addiction


Beyond substance addiction: broadening the concept of addiction to include behavioral addiction.

J Korean Med Sci. 2013 May; 28(5): 646-7
Kim JH, Seo JS

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The relationship of alcohol and crime in Korea.

J Korean Med Sci. 2013 May; 28(5): 643-5
Lee KS

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Children of treated substance-abusing mothers: A 10-year prospective study.

Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2013 May 15;
Hser YI, Evans E, Li L, Metchik-Gaddis A, Messina N

This study examined children of substance-abusing mothers approximately 10 years after mothers’ admission to drug abuse treatment, and identified maternal characteristics that may be risk factors for child behavior problems on the Child Behavior Checklist. Data were obtained from 396 mothers who were included in a sample consecutively admitted to 44 treatment programs in 13 California counties during 2000-2002. The Addiction Severity Index was administered at both intake and follow-up. Each mother reported on one child 6-17 years of age. All of the children had been exposed to drugs, either in utero or postnatally. At follow-up about 22% of the children demonstrated borderline or clinical range problem behaviors. Child behavior problems were related significantly to the mothers’ ethnicity (lower among Hispanics relative to white), and problem severity in family/social relationship and mental health, marginally related to her prior medical/health problem, and not related to severity of alcohol, drug, legal and employment problems. Assisting mothers to address their family/social relationship and psychological problems may have an added value to prevent or reduce behavioral problems of their children. HubMed – addiction



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