Factor structure and psychometrics of the adolescent health risk behavior survey instrument

Matthew Lee Smith, E. Lisako J. McKyer, Ross A.A. Larsen

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Abstract

Objectives: To explore the factor structure and psychometric properties of data collected with the Adolescent Health Risk Behavior Survey (AHRBS) instrument. Methods: Measures of the AHRBS instrument were tested using statistical analyses to assess validity and reliability of data collected from a sample of 1992 Indiana adolescents. Results: Factor analyses yielded a 13-factor solution with acceptable model fit statistics. Tests of internal consistency reliability for data in instrument scales ranged from 0.455 to 0.916. Measures were consistent across adolescent subdemographic categories. Conclusion: The AHRBS instrument is a valuable tool for investigating adolescent drug use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-339
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Drug use
  • Psychometrics
  • Risk behavior
  • Survey research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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