Behavioral and psychosocial correlates of drinking and driving were examined in 2 independent samples of licensed drivers aged 18-25 years selected from the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles database. Mail questionnaires were returned by 2,300 young adults (1,196 in Sample 1; 1,104 in Sample 2). Structural equation modeling was used to examine the relation of a latent-variable measure of drinking-driving to latent-variable measures of other driving behaviors, problem behaviors, and psychosocial variables. Drinking-driving, drug-driving, and risky driving were found to comprise a more general, 2nd-order factor of problem driving behavior. Drinking-driving was also found to constitute 1 aspect of a larger 2nd-order latent variable that included problem drinking, marijuana use, other illicit drug use and delinquent-type behavior. In combination, the variables of problem driving, other problem behaviors, psychosocial unconventionality, risk-taking, and hostility/aggression accounted for 57% of the variance in young adult drinking-driving. All of these Sample 1 findings were buttressed by confirmatory analyses in the independent Sample 2 data. The conclusion can be drawn that drinking-driving is part of a more general lifestyle involving behavior and psychosocial unconventionality.

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    Alcohol Research Documentation, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Donovan, J E
  • Publication Date: 1993-9


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 600-613
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  • Accession Number: 00789435
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 6 2000 12:00AM