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    Factor structure and validity of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) in a sample of mentally disordered offenders


    Hallinan, Patrick and McGilloway, Sinéad and Dempster, Martin and Donnelly, Michael (2011) Factor structure and validity of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) in a sample of mentally disordered offenders. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 22 (4). pp. 586-602. ISSN 1478-9949

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    Abstract

    Investigations of the factor structure of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) have produced conflicting results. The current study assessed the factor structure of the AUDIT for a group of Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDOs) and examined the pattern of scoring in specific subgroups. The sample comprised 2005 MDOs who completed a battery of tests including the AUDIT. Confirmatory factor analyses revealed that a two-factor solution – alcohol consumption and alcohol-related consequences – provided the best data fit for AUDIT scores. A three-factor solution provided an equally good fit, but the second and third factors were highly correlated and a measure of parsimony also favoured the two-factor solution. This study provides useful information on the factor structure of the AUDIT amongst a large MDO population, while also highlighting the difficulties associated with the presence of people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at DOI: 10.1080/14789949.2011.607174
    Keywords: Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDOs); Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT); factor analysis; diversion and liaison scheme;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 6210
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14789949.2011.607174
    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 16:06
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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