Protective Behavioral Strategies and Alcohol Consumption: Are All Strategies Equal?

Abstract

Given inconsistent findings regarding relations between specific types of alcohol-related protective behavioral strategy use and alcohol outcomes, the current study aimed to examine whether specific strategies vary regarding relations with alcohol consumption. Undergraduate college students (N = 162) completed measures online, including the Protective Behavioral Strategy Scale and assessment of alcohol use. A structural equation modeling (SEM) framework was used to examine differential item functioning across alcohol quantity and frequency. Four items demonstrated differential item functioning (e.g., “Avoid drinking games;” “Avoid trying to “keep up” or “out-drink” others”). Findings support idiographic approaches to assessment in treatment.

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Keywords

Protective Behavior Strategies, Alcohol Quantity, Alcohol Frequency, Structural Equation Modeling, College Students

Citation

Blanchard, B. E., Stevens, A. K., & Littlefield, A. K. (2017). Protective Behavioral Strategies and Alcohol Consumption: Are All Strategies Equal? Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/07347324.2017.1387034

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