Measurement Invariance of the Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire Across College Status, Race, and Childhood SES in a Diverse Community Sample
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This study assessed the structure, latent mean differences, and correlates of the 48-item, 8-factor Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire across college status, race, and childhood socioeconomic status (SES). Emerging adults (EAs) ages 21.5–25 who consumed at least 3–4 alcoholic beverages at least twice in the previous month completed measures of alcohol use, alcohol-related consequences, and demographics. The assessment revealed that noncollege EAs reported more alcohol-related consequences than college students overall, including greater endorsement of severe problem domains. White EAs reported more total alcohol-related consequences than Black EAs, and EAs with a low childhood SES reported more total alcohol-related consequences than those with a high childhood SES. Furthermore, all eight alcohol consequence factors demonstrated concurrent associations with weekly alcohol use, binge drinking, and high-intensity drinking within each subgroup.
This paper, “Measurement invariance of the Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire across college status, race, and childhood SES in a diverse community sample,” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and published in the journal Psychology of addictive behaviors.