Longitudinal stability and dimensional structure of problem drinking in adolescence

H. Raskin White

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A multivariate analysis of dimensions of problem drinking and their stability across time is conducted through a series of confirmatory factor analyses (as opposed to exploratory factor analyses used in previous studies), using self-report data from a longitudinal sample of adolescents and youth. Analyses are performed separately by age and gender. Results indicate that traditional measures of problem drinking represent at least two distinct dimensions - intensity of use and use-related problems - rather than a unitary construct for adolescent males and females. The results also suggest that dimensions of problem drinking remain relatively stable from 15 to 21 years of age, except that alcohol-related problems are unstable for males from 15 to 18 years of age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-550
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Studies on Alcohol
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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