Adolescent Drinking Index (ADI)

Developed specifically for adolescents, the Adolescent Drinking Index (ADI) assesses the degree of an individual’s drinking problem.   The ADI four dimensions of drinking problem symptoms are: loss of control of drinking, social in-targets dictators, psychological indicators, and physical indicators.

Participants will respond to a 24-item scale using two Likert style scales. Response can be “like me a lot to not like me at all” or “4 or more times to never.” Approximately 5 minutes is required for completion.

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Reliability and Validity

Information concerning reliability and validity was taken from the test manual.  Reliability was very high with the internal consistency coefficients all above 0.90 and test-retest coefficients at .78.  The ADI was correlated with the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test resulting in values of 0.60 to 0.63.  Supported discriminate validity shows that this instrument is a tool for assessing the abuse of alcohol with adolescents.

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Burkett, Steven R. (1993).  Perceived Parents’ Religiosity, Friends’ Drinking, and Hellfire:  A Panel Study of Adolescent Drinking.  Review of Religious Research, Vol. 35, No. 2

Christiansen, Bruce A. (1989).  Using Alcohol Expectancies to Predict Adolescent Drinking Behavior after One Year.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v57, n1, 93-99.

Donlon, Thomas F. Review of the Adolescent Drinking Index.  Office of Test Development and Research, Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ.

McCarthy, Kevin J; Dralle, Penelope W.  Review of the Adolescent Drinking Index. E. Hunt Correctional Center, St. Gabriel, LA, and Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Wills, Thomas; Vaccaro, Donato; and McNamara, Grace (1992).  The role of life events, family support, and competence in adolescent substance use:  A test of vulnerability and protective factors.  American Journal of community Psychology, vol.20, No.3, 349-374.