Concurrent validity of the personality assessment inventory Alcohol Problems (ALC) Scale in a college student sample

Mark A. Ruiz, Kelly A. Dickinson, Aaron Lee Pincus

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The concurrent validity of the Alcohol Problems scale (ALC) was investigated in a college student sample (N = 200). The relationships between the ALC and associated features of alcohol problems (e.g., consumption patterns, expectancies, maladaptive coping, and stress) were examined. The validity of the ALC for identifying clinically significant alcohol problems (assessed with the Structured Clinical Interview for the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) was also examined. The ALC was related to the associated features and was a valid indicator of alcohol problems. T scores of 80, 85, and 90 had superior hit rates for alcohol abuse; and scores of 80, 85, and 90 had superior hit rates for alcohol dependence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-270
Number of pages10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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