Alcohol Expectancy Questionnaire - AEQ
The Alcohol Expectancy Questionnaire (AEQ) is a 30-item scale measuring expectancies about the behavioral effects of alcohol consumption. Test-takers are intended to answer the questions according to their personal expectations about the effects of alcohol. Preliminary studies revealed that the scale consists of six independent expectancies (or six factors), including: 1) alcohol transforms experiences in a positive way, 2) enhances social and physical pleasure, 3) enhances sexual performance and experience, 4) increases power and aggression, 5) increases social assertiveness, and 6) reduces tension. The Alcohol Expectancy Questionnaire has good convergent validity with other placebo-controlled studies of alcohol expectancies, especially for the factors of sexual enhancement, increased power and aggression, increased social assertiveness, and tension reduction. The following scale includes scoring and interpretation, and takes about 5 minutes to complete. It was originally intended to be used by primary health care providers to measure alcohol abuse and substance abuse in the general and institutional population. If an item is always or sometimes true, circle agree. If an item is never true, circle disagree.
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