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Spanish version of the Facebook Intrusion Questionnaire (FIQ-S)

Rebecca Bendayan1 and Maria J Blanca2

1 Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London and
2 University of Málaga

Background: Although there is growing research on the excessive use of Facebook and its correlates, most studies to date are not directly comparable or generalizable to the overall population as their samples are often limited to students and they use different assessment tools. The first aim of our study was to develop a Spanish version of the Facebook Intrusion Questionnaire (FIQ-S), an instrument which emphasises the social components and consequences of excessive Facebook use. Second, we aimed to examine its psychometric properties: factor structure, reliability and external validity. Methods: Participants were 567 Spanish adults who completed an online battery of questionnaires, including variables related to addictive behaviours. Results: Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, using a cross-validation strategy, supported a one-factor structure. The composite reliability value was adequate. Evidence of external validity was provided via correlational analysis, showing a negative association with self-control and positive associations with time spent using social networking sites, problematic mobile phone use, internet addiction, phubbing, fear of missing out and depression. Conclusions: Results are consistent with the original validation study and confirm the addictive component of the construct measured and highlight the impact of Facebook abuse on mental health.

Versión española del Cuestionario de Intrusión del Facebook (FIQ-S). Antecedentes: a pesar de que está aumentando la investigación sobre el uso excesivo de Facebook y sus correlatos, la mayoría de los estudios no son directamente comparables o generalizables a la población general ya que sus muestras suelen ser de estudiantes y usan diferentes instrumentos de evaluación. El primer objetivo es desarrollar la versión española del Cuestionario de Intrusión del Facebook (FIQ-S). Este instrumento enfatiza los componentes y consecuencias sociales del uso excesivo del Facebook. El segundo objetivo es examinar sus propiedades psicométricas: estructura factorial, fiabilidad y validez externa. Método: los participantes fueron 567 adultos españoles, quienes completaron una batería de cuestionarios online. Resultados: los análisis factoriales exploratorios y confirmatorios, con validación cruzada, muestran una estructura unifactorial. La fiabilidad compuesta es adecuada. Los análisis de las correlaciones muestran evidencias de validez externa, encontrándose asociaciones negativas con autocontrol y positivas con tiempo de uso de las redes sociales, uso problemático del teléfono móvil, phubbing, adicción a internet, miedo a perderse algo y depresión. Conclusiones: los resultados son consistentes con el estudio de validación de la versión original y confirman el componente adictivo del constructo evaluado. Además, se destaca el impacto del uso excesivo de Facebook en salud mental.


Impact factor 2022:  JCR WOS 2022:  FI = 3.6 (Q2);  JCI = 1.21 (Q1) / SCOPUS 2022:  SJR = 1.097;  CiteScore = 6.4 (Q1)