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Differential Item Functioning (DIF) of the Arabic Version of the SONTUS


Hassan M. Alhaythami


Vol. 22  No. 5  pp. 49-54


The objective of this study was to examine the function of the items on the Arabic version of the Social Networking Time Use Scale (SONTUS) using Differential Item Functioning (DIF) across groups of university students in SA (i.e., males and females at UQU). The findings of this study indicated that some of the items in the Arabic version of the SONTUS functioned differently across male and female students in SA. University faculty and administrators in Saudi Arabia as well as in the Arabic world can benefit from understanding students use of SNS.


Social Network, Psychometric Properties, IRT, DIF, Measurement.