NOMOPHOBIA AMONG SLOVAK ADOLESCENTS
Katarina Holla – Viktoria Nagyova
This study addresses nomophobia as a growing fear in today’s world – the fear of being out of cellphone contact. Our goal was to detect and map nomophobia among the adolescents. The research sample consisted of 404 adolescents aged 15 – 20. In terms of research methods, we used Yildrima and Correia’s (2015) Nomophobia Questionnaire (NMP-Q).
The questionnaire dimensionality includes four inter-correlated factors. Nomophobia has been identified in the following cases – when the adolescents could not perform an immediate communication and once they lost the access to information. This phobia was further detected at several levels as moderate (49% of adolescents), mild (38% of adolescents) and severe (12% of adolescents). Our findings are deemed to be important and necessary in providing support for the reasonable cellphone use at schools and related institutions.
nomophobia, adolescents, Nomophobia Questionnaire, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA)
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