Family functioning, alcohol expectancies and alcohol-related problems in a remote Aboriginal Australian community: a preliminary psychometric validation study

Kowalyszyn, Marusia and Kelly, Adrian (2003) Family functioning, alcohol expectancies and alcohol-related problems in a remote Aboriginal Australian community: a preliminary psychometric validation study. Drug and Alcohol Review, 22 1: 53-59. doi:10.1080/0959523021000059839


Author Kowalyszyn, Marusia
Kelly, Adrian
Title Family functioning, alcohol expectancies and alcohol-related problems in a remote Aboriginal Australian community: a preliminary psychometric validation study
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-5236
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0959523021000059839
Volume 22
Issue 1
Start page 53
End page 59
Total pages 7
Place of publication Basingstoke
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
1701 Psychology
Abstract While a large proportion of Aboriginal Australians do not consume alcohol, those who do frequently show severe alcohol problems, and alcohol problems are associated with family conflict and violence. The aims were to examine the internal coherence and reliability of measures of family and alcohol measures for indigenous Australians in remote communities. This study involved 99 indigenous people from a remote North Queensland community. Questions were drawn from established questionnaires and administered verbally. Principle components factor analysis revealed three coherent and reliable measures of family conflict, independence, and cohesion. Expectancies of affective change had sound internal reliability for drinkers, and covaried with alcohol problems in the expected direction. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test had two distinct factors relating to consumption and problems, but quantity/frequency measures may have limited reliability due to the common practice among drinkers of sharing alcohol. These measures should facilitate the detection and initial assessment of alcohol and family problems, and may be useful for evaluating change in future interventions that target family and alcohol problems.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Aboriginal Australian
alcohol
family
psychometric properties
Identification Test Audit
Drinking
Consumption
Model
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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