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J Stud Alcohol. 1987 Nov;48(6):541-50.

Longitudinal stability and dimensional structure of problem drinking in adolescence.

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Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903.


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.

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