A substantial proportion of U.S. college students drink and
experience significant consequent effects. Early detection
of drinking consequences may help to reduce their short-term
impact, and may prevent or ameliorate a progression toward
long-term alcohol problems. Moreover, as changes in drinking
behavior during college may be reflected across an array of
life domains, fine-grained assessment of consequences will
enable university administrators and other health professionals
to monitor the success of intervention efforts. College students
in the U.S. are a population unique in developmental life
stage, culture, and environment. Alcohol use and subsequent
consequences occurring during this life stage also are distinct,
and measurement of these consequences must address the particular
circumstances of the college ethos, and must query about experiences
indicative of problem drinking for both men and women. This
study was designed to develop and validate a multidimensional
measure designed to capture a broad range of alcohol-related
consequences experienced by male and female college students.
To date, both long and short forms have been derived.
C.W., Strong, D.R., & Read, J.P. (in press). Towards Efficient
and Comprehensive Measurement of the Alcohol Problems Continuum
in College Students: The Brief Young Adult Alcohol Consequences
Questionnaire. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
J.P., Kahler, C.W., Strong, D.R., & Colder, C.R. (under
review). Development and Preliminary Validation of the Young
Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire.