The dimensionality of DSM5 alcohol use disorder in Puerto Rico

Raul Caetano, Patrice A C Vaeth, Katyana Santiago, Glorisa Canino

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Aims To: Test the dimensionality and measurement properties of lifetime DSM-5 AUD criteria in a sample of adults from the metropolitan area of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Design: Cross-sectional study with survey data collected in 2013-2014. Setting: General population. Participants: Random household sample of the adult population 18 to 64 years of age in San Juan, Puerto Rico (N = 1510; lifetime drinker N = 1107). Measurement: DSM-5 alcohol use disorder (2 or more criteria present in 12 months). Results: Lifetime reports of AUD criteria were consistent with a one-dimensional model. Scalar measurement invariance was observed across gender, but measurement parameters for tolerance varied across age, with younger ages showing a lower threshold and steeper loading. Conclusions: Results provide support for a unidimensional DSM-5 AUD construct in a sample from a Latin American country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-24
Number of pages5
JournalAddictive Behaviors
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


  • DSM-5
  • Dimensionality
  • Puerto Rico

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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