Development of the Cybercrime Rapid Identification Tool for Adolescents

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Original languageEnglish
Article number4691
Number of pages13
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number13
Online published30 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020



Two studies were conducted to develop an 8-item Cybercrime Rapid Identification Tool (CRIT) and evaluate the psychometric properties of the proposed scale using the samples of secondary school and university students. The CRIT were developed and evaluated in two cross-sectional studies with a total of 2,044 respondents from Hong Kong and China. Study 1 recruited 1,533 secondary school students from Hong Kong (mean = 14.91 years old; SD = 1.77); Study 2 with 511 university students from mainland China participated (mean = 20.41 years old; SD = 2.49). The scale was developed based on stepwise confirmatory factor analytical approach and exploratory factor analysis, with further verification of its factorial validity using confirmatory factor analysis. The results suggest that the CRITCRIT comprising 8 items with a two-factor structure. The results also suggest that the 8-item CRIT possess good internal consistency and concurrent validity. The studies offer promising support for the CRIT scale. It has the potential to advance epistemological methodology or clinical research related to cybercrime prevention.

Research Area(s)

  • Adolescent, Chinese, Confirmatory factor analysis, Cybercrime, Student

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