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dc.contributor.authorObeid, Sahar
dc.contributor.authorGonzalez-Nuevo, Covadonga
dc.contributor.authorPostigo, Alvaro
dc.contributor.authorAzzi, Vanessa
dc.contributor.authorMalaeb, Diana
dc.contributor.authorHallit, Souheil
dc.date.accessioned2024-04-09T09:41:05Z
dc.date.available2024-04-09T09:41:05Z
dc.date.issued2023-09-14
dc.identifier.citationObeid S, González-Nuevo C, Postigo Á, El Dine AS, Azzi V, Malaeb D, Hallit S. Psychometric properties of the Problematic Use of Social Networks (PUS) scale in Arabic among adolescents. PLoS One. 2023 Sep 14;18(9):e0291616. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0291616en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0291616en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14131/1511
dc.description.abstractBackground: The Problematic Use of Social Networks (PUSN) scale assesses for the first time the comparative use of social networks along with addictive tendencies. However, it has only been validated in a Spanish sample. This study aimed to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Arabic version of the PUSN (PUSN-Ar) among Lebanese adolescents. Methods: A total of 379 adolescents aged between 15 to 18 years (M = 16.07 years; 64.9% females) participated in this cross-sectional study conducted between January and May 2022. The problematic use of social networks-SNS (PUSN) scale yields of two subscales: addiction-related consequences of SNS use (SNS-ARC) and negative social comparison (SNS-NSC). The Beirut Distress Scale, the Smartphone Addiction Scale and the Jong-Gierveld Loneliness Scale were used to assess psychological distress, smartphone addiction and loneliness respectively. Results: The PUS-Ar scale exhibited a two-dimensional structure (Comparative Fit Index [CFI] = .97; Root Mean Square Error of Approximation [RMSEA] = .08), consistent with the original scale. Both subscales, Negative Social Comparison (α = .96) and Addictive Consequences (α = .92), demonstrated excellent reliability. Additionally, measurement invariance was verified between males and females at the configural, metric and scalar levels. No significant difference was found between males and females in terms of SNS-NSC (20.75 ± 10.15 vs 21.09 ± 9.51; t(377) = -.32; p = .751) and SNS-ARC (19.08 ± 8.61 vs 19.76 ± 6.77; t(377) = -.79; p = .430). The SNS-ARC subscale was more correlated to smartphone addiction than the SNS-NSC (r = .73; p < .001 vs r = .54; p < .001) whereas both subscales were significantly associated with more stress and more loneliness. Conclusion: The data collected in this study provided support for all the hypotheses formulated. Consequently, the PUS-Ar was deemed a suitable scale to measure problematic SNS among Lebanese adolescents. The PUS-Ar is currently available to researchers for use in evaluating PSNSU in Lebanon. However, it is important to note that further research is needed to explore its applicability and generalizability across different populations and contexts.en_US
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dc.titlePsychometric properties of the Problematic Use of Social Networks (PUS) scale in Arabic among adolescentsen_US
dc.source.journalPlos Oneen_US
dc.source.volume18en_US
dc.source.issue9en_US
dc.contributor.researcherExternal Collaborationen_US
dc.contributor.labNAen_US
dc.subject.KSAPSYen_US
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dc.contributor.departmentPsychologyen_US
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dc.contributor.firstauthorObeid, Sahar


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