Protective Behavioral Strategies and Alcohol Consumption: Are All Strategies Equal?
Blanchard, Brittany E.
Stevens, Angela K.
Littlefield, Andrew K.
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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.