Measurement of Alcohol Use and Misuse in a Cohort of Students Followed from Grade 6 Through Grade 12

Authors

  • Jean T. Shope,

    Corresponding author
    1. University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
    2. Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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  • Laurel A. Copeland,

    1. University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
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  • T.E. Dielman

    1. Department of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Professions Education, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    2. Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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  • This study was supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Grants AA 06324 and AA 09026.

Jean T. Shope, Ph.D., University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 2901 Baxter Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2150.

Abstract

In following a cohort of students from grade 6 through grade 12 for the purpose of evaluating an Alcohol Misuse Prevention Study curriculum, a substudy of the measurement of alcohol use and misuse was conducted. The 6-year follow-up of young people over time afforded a good opportunity to assess the adequacy of the initially chosen measures to 1) provide data with statistically desirable properties, and 2) be sensitive to and representative of the wide range of alcohol use and misuse patterns among adolescents as they mature. Revised measures of alcohol use and misuse were developed from the data responding to the same questionnaire items that had been used throughout the study. The revised measures demonstrated good psychometric properties and may be useful in other studies.

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