The reliability and factorial validity of the Adolescent Alcohol Involvement Scale in a large sample in the United Kingdom

Michael T. McKay*, Martin Dempster

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The assessment of adolescent drinking behavior is a complex task, complicated by variability in drinking patterns, the transitory and developmental nature of the behavior and the reliance (for large scale studies) on self-report questionnaires. The Adolescent Alcohol Involvement Scale (Mayer & Filstead, 1979) is a 14-item screening tool designed to help to identify alcohol misusers or more problematic drinkers. The present study utilized a large sample (n = 4066) adolescents from Northern Ireland. Results of Confirmatory Factor Analyses and reliability estimates revealed that the 14-items share sufficient common variance that scores can be considered to be reliable and that the 14 items can be scored to provide a composite alcohol use score.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-178
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Substance Use
Volume21
Issue number2
Early online date26 Dec 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Adolescent Alcohol Involvement Scale
  • alcohol
  • confirmatory factor analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)

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