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Clínica y Salud

On-line version ISSN 2174-0550Print version ISSN 1130-5274


MONTES GAN, Victoria; UROSA SANZ, Belén; RUBIO VALLADOLID, Gabriel  and  POYO CALVO, Félix. Validation of the Desire to Drink Scale - DDS. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2006, vol.17, n.2, pp.203-223. ISSN 2174-0550.

The validation of the Desire to Drink Scale (DDS) is presented. This original version of the instrument has been applied to a sample of 126 alcoholics participating in different programs designed to treat their alcohol dependence. Cronbach’s alpha scores suggest a high internal consistency (a= 0.917). Factor analysis reveals the presence of different factors, providing a content structure that allows us to make a global measurement of the construct. Correlation between DDS (and its factors) and the Intensity of Alcohol Dependence (IADS) (and associated scales) is significantly high. We can therefore conclude that this new instrument is adequate for clinical and research purposes since it provides a good measure of the desire-to-drink construct.

Keywords : Desire; Craving; Priming; Alcoholism; Alcohol dependence; Evaluation; Internal consistency; Validity; Scale.

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