A comparison of the Yale-Brown obsessive compulsive scale for "Heavy drinking" with a single item craving measure: Construct validity and clinical utility

Connor, JP, Feeney, GFX and Young, RM (2005) A comparison of the Yale-Brown obsessive compulsive scale for "Heavy drinking" with a single item craving measure: Construct validity and clinical utility. Substance Use & Misuse, 40 4: 551-561.


Author Connor, JP
Feeney, GFX
Young, RM
Title A comparison of the Yale-Brown obsessive compulsive scale for "Heavy drinking" with a single item craving measure: Construct validity and clinical utility
Journal name Substance Use & Misuse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1082-6084
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1081/JA-200030723
Volume 40
Issue 4
Start page 551
End page 561
Total pages 11
Editor S. Einstein
Place of publication USA
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321204 Mental Health
730205 Substance abuse
Abstract The measurement of alcohol craving began with single-item scales. Multifactorial scales developed with the intention to capture more fully the phenomenon of craving. This study examines the construct validity of a multifactorial scale, the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale for heavy drinking (Y-BOCS-hd). The study compares its clinical utility with a single item visual-analogue craving scale. The study includes 212 alcohol dependent subjects (127 males, 75 females) undertaking an outpatient treatment program between 1999-2001. Subjects completed the Y-BOCS-hd and a single item visual-analogue scale, in addition to alcohol consumption and dependence severity measures. The Y-BOCS-hd had strong construct validity. Both the visual-analogue alcohol craving scale and Y-BOCS-hd were weakly associated with pretreatment dependence severity. There was a significant association between pretreatment alcohol consumption and the visual-analogue craving scale. Neither craving measure was able to predict total program abstinence or days abstinent. The relationship between obsessive-compulsive behavior in alcohol dependence and craving remains unclear.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Psychiatry
Psychology
Craving
Alcohol
Y-bocs-hd
Measurement
Relapse
Problem Drinking
Alcohol Dependence
Abuse
Quantification
Questionnaire
Bromocriptine
Validation
Prevention
Behavior
Program
Q-Index Code C1

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