Results of Adaptation of the Short Version of the Method of Expression of Cyberchondria in the Russian Sample

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Occupation: Professor of the Department of Political Psychology
Affiliation: St. Petersburg State University
Address: Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Occupation: Chief Research Scientist
Affiliation: St. Petersburg State University
Address: Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Occupation: Associate Professor at the Institute of Education and Practical Psychology
Affiliation: Chelyabinsk State University
Address: Russian Federation, Chelyabinsk
Occupation: Assistant Research Fellow
Affiliation: St. Petersburg State University
Address: Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Journal namePsikhologicheskii zhurnal
EditionVolume 44 Issue 1

In recent years, our country and the whole world have faced a situation of a large-scale epidemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, which created favorable conditions for the development of cyberchondria. The aim of the study is to theoretically substantiate the attention of researchers to the phenomenon of cyberchondria and to adapt the methodology for studying the severity of cyberchondria (CSS) in the Russian sample. The results of the exploratory factor analysis of the study data showed full compliance with the structure of the original questionnaire: 5 scales were identified, the validity of which was confirmed by confirmatory factor analysis. All scales showed an acceptable level of reliability in terms of internal consistency. During the test of convergent validity, explainable relationships were found between the scales of the questionnaire and indicators of tolerance for uncertainty, psychological well-being and addiction to social networks.

Keywordscyberchondria; online health information seeking; stress; obsession; excess; distrust of doctors; comfort; addiction to social networks; tolerance for uncertainty; subjective well-being
AcknowledgmentThe research was carried out with the support of the Russian Science Foundation in the framework of scientific project No. 22-28-01935.
Publication date26.02.2023
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