This study examines the improvement in validity coefficients and structural relationships derived from formally modeling latent variables of adverse alcohol-related constructs. Results of a confirmatory factor analysis of responses from 8,755 participants in the 1988 National Household Survey of Drug Abuse support a three-factor model of alcohol abuse, dependence, and adverse consequences. A comparison of construct intercorrelations shows latent variables to be superior to measurement approaches using unweighted sums, quantity x frequency calculation, and single-item measurement.
Latent variable models of alcohol-related constructs
Lennox, RD., Zarkin, GA., & Bray, JW. (1996). Latent variable models of alcohol-related constructs. Journal of Substance Abuse, 8(2), 241-250. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0899-3289(96)90282-5