Alcohol outcome expectancies are variables which can aid the understanding of a person’s motivation to drink and can help explain drinking behaviour. The Alcohol Expectancy Questionnaire (AEQ) is one of the most widely used instruments for assessing alcohol expectancies. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the psychometric proprieties of the Revised AEQ on a sample of 280 undergraduate students (76.5% female; mean age = 21.98, SD = 5.54). Because of the equivocal evidence for the original structure underlying the AEQ, a Revised version (AEQ-R) was tested based on a theoretical factor structure. Confirmatory factor analyses were performed. Results confirm the revised structure and the hypothesized factors: Social Coping, Social Enhancement, Personal Coping, and Personal Enhancement. Correlations with drinking indices confirmed concurrent validity. Despite this Revised version is not as widely used in the literature as the original questionnaire, the results of the present study demonstrate the robustness of the AEQ-R and its usefulness for assessing alcohol expectancies and as instrument for preliminary assessment and evaluation of prevention programs for alcohol use.
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