A method for multidimensional scaling of group
differences in categorical data patterns was used to
investigate configural relationships among alcohol
use and abuse groups. The analysis resulted in a
model from which two primary etiologic concepts,
plus a moderator, were derived. Exposure is the
concept that summarizes demographic factors related
to level of alcohol use. However, problem
drinking differs from frequent drinking along a dimension
in the demographic domain that is independent
of the exposure dimension. Duration of
frequent alcohol use is a concept that relates to
age, duration, and chronicity variables. The relationship
between resources and responsibilities appears
to be a moderator in the dimension separating
frequent and problem drinking. Low income
and family responsibilities interact to make frequent
alcohol use more likely to be perceived as a
Overall, John E. (1982). Determinants of alcohol abuse in a psychiatric population: A two-dimensional model. Applied Psychological Measurement, 6, 213-218. doi:10.1177/014662168200600207
Overall, John E..
Determinants of alcohol abuse in a psychiatric population: A two-dimensional model.
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