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Game Addiction Scale for Adolescents

Arabic Version Validation

Asaad, Tarek MD*; Morsy, Karim E. MSc; Hasan, Haytham MD; El Din, Mohamed H. MD*; El Meguid, Marwa A. MD*

Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment: December 2019 - Volume 18 - Issue 4 - p 223–228
doi: 10.1097/ADT.0000000000000167
Original Articles

Objectives: This study is aimed to translate the game addiction scale for adolescents into Arabic language and to test reliability and validity of the Arabic version. The game addiction scale for adolescents was developed to measure computer and video game addiction based on the criteria of pathological gambling in DSM-IV.

Methods: The scale has been translated into Arabic. The English and Arabic versions were compared by psychiatry experts to ensure consistency and then they were administered to bilingual individuals who played computer and video games. Finally, the Arabic version was distributed among 50 school students, aged 10 to 19 years, who played computer and video games.

Results and Conclusions: The data were collected from school students. The statistical analysis of the Arabic version of game addiction scale for adolescents showed that the Arabic/English validity was satisfactory, with proper internal consistency and reliability.

Departments of *Neuropsychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University

Neuropsychiatry, Abbassia Psychiatric Hospital

Neuropsychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Haytham Hasan, MD, Psychiatry, 10 Esmat Mansour, 8th District-Nasr City, Cairo 11471, Egypt (e-mails:,

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