Psychometric validation of the Temptation and Restraint Inventory in two samples of college drinkers

James MacKillop, Stephen A. Lisman, Allison Weinstein

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Drinking restraint, commonly measured by the Temptation and Restraint Inventory (TRI; Collins & Lapp, 1992), refers to a cycle of temptation to drink alcohol and attempts to control alcohol use that results in excessive consumption. Recent research has examined college drinkers using the TRI, however, it has been validated only in adult samples. This study validated the TRI in two samples of college drinkers, designated as "hazardous" (n = 480) and "harmful" (n = 231) drinkers. Using confirmatory factor analysis, the previously reported higher order two-factor structure was identified in both samples. In addition, multiple regression analyses using derived component scores demonstrated that TRI performance was associated with degree of alcohol dependence in both samples. These data support the use of the TRI in college samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-163
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol abuse
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Drinking restraint
  • Principal components analysis
  • Psychometric properties
  • Temptation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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