PURPOSE: Identity has long been a human phenomenon, questioned and pondered by many thinkers. Recently, changes in identity have been argued to be the driving force behind behavioral change, and therefore interventions should be viewed within the context of identity change. While several measures of a drinker's identity exist, no measure examines the idiosyncrasies of a Responsible Drinker's Identity, an aim many alcohol-related interventions target. The current study created a responsible drinker identity measure, the Personal Assessment of Responsible Drinking Identity, or PARDI. METHOD: Two studies and a follow-up were used to develop and assess the psychometric properties of the PARDI. The first study consisted of a U.S. national sample of college drinkers (n = 927) to conduct an Exploratory Factor Analysis. The second study consisted of college drinkers from a Southeastern university (n = 1,116) and was used to conduct a Confirmatory Factor Analysis, and test for convergent, discriminant, and concurrent validity. Finally, a sample from the second study was followed for one month (n = 149). The follow-up was used to assess test-retest reliability, and predictive validity. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Results suggests the PARDI consists of 3-factors (Personal Identity, Social Identity, and Counter Identity) that assess responsible drinking identity. The measure had adequate validity across all domains and good test-retest and predictive reliability. The measure appears to be better at predicting future alcohol use and consequences than current protective behavioral strategies, suggesting safe or responsible drinkers' identity is more important than safe or responsible drinkers' reported behaviors. This measure could serve as a target for interventions aimed at increasing responsible drinking.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
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Leary, Angelina, ""I Drink (Responsibly), Therefore I am": Development of the Personal Assessment of Responsible Drinking Identity" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 892.