The nicotine withdrawal assessment for youth: Initial instrument validation and psychometric properties

Matthew E. Goldfine, Steven A. Branstetter, Kimberly A. Horn

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Within the field of adolescent tobacco use, there does not exist a consistently used and validated measure of adolescent nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Nicotine Withdrawal Assessment for Youth (N-WAY), a new measure of adolescent nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Smokers and nonsmokers, ranging from 13 to 19. years old, were administered the N-WAY and other smoking information questionnaires in order to examine its reliability and validity. The N-WAY demonstrated satisfactory test-retest reliability (r= 0.74-88) and internal consistency (Cronbach's α = 0.90-0.92). Its total symptom score accurately discriminated current smokers from nonsmokers. The N-WAY was demonstrated to measure a construct different than nicotine dependence symptoms while correlates of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as number of daily cigarettes smoked and prior quit attempts, accurately predicted total N-WAY symptom and impact scores. Preliminary results indicate the N-WAY is a reliable and valid assessment of adolescent nicotine withdrawal symptoms among current smokers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-582
Number of pages3
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

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Nicotine
Psychometrics
Substance Withdrawal Syndrome
Reproducibility of Results
Tobacco Use Disorder
Symptom Assessment
Tobacco Use
Tobacco
Tobacco Products
Smoking

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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The nicotine withdrawal assessment for youth : Initial instrument validation and psychometric properties. / Goldfine, Matthew E.; Branstetter, Steven A.; Horn, Kimberly A.

In: Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 37, No. 4, 01.04.2012, p. 580-582.

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