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Psicothema, 2010. Vol. Vol. 22 (nº 4). 1048-1053




Propiedades psicométricas de un instrumento de evaluación de la adicción al cibersexo

Rafael Ballester Arnal, Mª Dolores Gil Llario*, Sandra Gómez Martínez y Beatriz Gil Juliá

Universidad Jaume I y * Universidad de Valencia

La adicción al cibersexo constituye una «nueva patología» cuya prevalencia ha aumentado con rapidez en los últimos años, por lo que se precisa de instrumentos de evaluación validados. En este trabajo presentamos la adaptación y validación para su administración en población española del Internet Sex Screening Test (ISST). El instrumento fue administrado a 1.239 estudiantes universitarios españoles. Los resultados muestran cinco componentes que explican el 47,5% de la varianza. La consistencia interna es de 0,88 y la estabilidad temporal de 0,84. Por otro lado, el instrumento presenta una adecuada validez convergente y discriminante, mostrando la puntuación total una correlación positiva significativa con otros comportamientos como el consumo de material pornográfico, la adicción a Internet, el número de horas online y la frecuencia sexual. Por todo ello se propone este instrumento como medida apropiada para la evaluación de la adicción al cibersexo.

Psychometric properties of an instrument for assessing cyber-sex addiction. Cyber-sex addiction is a «new pathology» whose prevalence has grown rapidly in recent years. Therefore, it is important to have validated assessment instruments. The aim of this study was the adaptation and validation of the Internet Sex Screening Test (ISST) for its use in a Spanish population. The instrument was administered to 1239 Spanish college students. The results yielded five components that account for 47.5% of the variance. Internal consistency was .88 and temporal stability was .84. Moreover, the instrument had adequate convergent and discriminant validity and was related to other behaviors such as the use of pornography, internet addiction, number of hours online and sexual frequency. Therefore, this tool is proposed as an appropriate measure to assess cyber-sex addiction.

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