10. Modern Assessment of Risky Drinking in College Students

Julia Bollwitt Ball State University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Thomas Holtgraves Ball State University
This study will examine the assessment of Risky Drinking in college students. The term Risky Drinking is operationally defined as unhealthy drinking habits that have social or physiological consequences that do not reach clinical levels defined by the DSM-IV. This study will add on to the College Alcohol Problem Scale-Revised (CAPS-r) constructed by Dr. O’Hare in 1997 to measure Risky Drinking habits in undergraduate students. This measurement was made almost 20 years ago and does not include modern behaviors such as texting, calling, or posting on social media while intoxicated. To update this scale I will add three items measuring technology-related behaviors to the original eight items on the CAPS-r scale. Participants will respond to this modified scale as well as the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST) and demographic information. I hypothesize that reliability (Cronbach’s alpha) for the new scale with 11 items will remain him and not be significantly different from the original scale. In addition, I hypothesize there will not significantly lower reliability scores using Cronbach’s alpha when the new scale with added items is compared to the MAST measure and the external reliability might significantly increase with the addition of the three items. This revised scale could become a potential resource for college counseling centers and students to quickly identify problem behavior and seek resources if needed.
Keywords: alcohol, college students, assessment, risky drinking, alcohol abuse
Poster Presentation

When & Where

Irwin Library Lower Level