Short form of a situational temptation scale for heavy, episodic drinking

Jason E. Maddock, Robert G. Laforge, Joseph S. Rossi

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Purpose: A short form for situational temptations to drink scale was developed from an original 21-item inventory by Migneault. Methods: The form measured four hypothesized subscales of temptations on a sample of 348 college drinkers (66% female). Peer pressure, social anxiety, negative affect, and positive/social situations subscales were replicated and reduced. Results: Strong empirical support was found for a hierarchical model, indicating that the four subscales can be summed to provide a global measure of situational temptations. Confirmatory factor results, internal and external validity, and high correlations with the original measures indicate that the short form was as psychometrically valid as the original measure. Implications: Measures of external validity demonstrated the applicability of this measure to heavy drinking prevention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-288
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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