College Alcohol Problems Scale – Revised (CAPS-r)

Background:

The College Alcohol Problems Scale – Revised  (CAPS-r) was developed from the College Alcohol Problems Scale (CAPS). CAPS-r is a short reliable and valid measure of alcohol-related problems is needed to enable low-cost data collection on college campuses across the nation, as well as to facilitate program evaluation and routine epidemiological surveillance and monitoring.

Psychometrics:

CFA showed that the model fit well across all measures of model fit and the factor structure was invariant across gender. Additional analyses revealed that the scale was internally consistent and externally valid. For further information see:

Maddock, J.E., Laforge, R. G., Rossi, J.S. & O’Hare, T. (2001).  The college alcohol problems scale.  Addictive Behaviors, 26, 385-398.  

Author of Tool:

Maddock, Jay.

Key references:

Maddock, J.E., Laforge, R. G., Rossi, J.S. & O’Hare, T. (2001).  The college alcohol problems scale.  Addictive Behaviors, 26, 385-398.  

Primary use / Purpose:

CAPS-r is a short, reliable two-factor instrument measuring drinking-related negative consequences

College Alcohol Problems Scale - Revised

Use the scale below to rate HOW OFTEN you have had any of the following problems over the past year as a result of drinking alcoholic beverages.

Scale 1: Personal Problems

  1. Feeling sad, blue, or depressed
  2. Nervousness, irritability
  3. Caused you to feel bad about yourself
  4. Problems with appetite or sleeping

Scale 2: Social Problems

  1. Engaged in unplanned sexual activity
  2. Drove under the influence
  3. Did not use protection when engaging in sex
  4. Illegal activities associated with drug use

Responses:

  1. Never
  2. Yes, but not in the past year
  3. 1-2 times
  4. 3-5 times
  5. 6-9 times
  6. 10 or more times