Testing the Index of Problematic Online Experiences (I-POE) with a national sample of adolescents.

Academic Article


  • This article assesses the utility of the Index of Problematic Online Experiences (I-POE) in a national sample of adolescents in the United States. The study was based on a cross-sectional national telephone survey of 1560 Internet users, ages 10 through 17. Data were collected between August, 2010 and January, 2011. The I-POE is an 18-item binary response index which can be used to assess problematic internet use across multiple behaviors and activities. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis supported a revised index with two factors: a 9-item "excessive use" scale and a 9-item "online social and communication problems" scale among this population. The I-POE showed favorable psychometric properties including adequate internal consistency for the overall scale and for the two subscales. Scores correlate with offline emotional and behavioral difficulties and the I-POE could have value for use as a part of broad mental health assessment procedures in clinical or school settings.
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • December 2013
  • Published In


  • Adolescence
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Assessment
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Mental health
  • Problem behavior
  • Problematic internet use
  • Psychometrics
  • Social Behavior
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Technology
  • United States
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 24215962
  • Start Page

  • 1153
  • End Page

  • 1163
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 6