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Factor Structure and Psychometrics of the Adolescent Health Risk Behavior Survey Instrument

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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.

Keywords: adolescent; drug use; psychometrics; risk behavior; survey research

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Research Scientist, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, TX.

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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