Psycho-existential distress and problem behaviors: Gender, subsample, and longitudinal tests
Date of Original Version
Results from cross-sectional (602 college students) and longitudinal (545 community women) samples from New England converged to show multiple corroboration for a hierarchical factor model of Problem Behavior linking psycho-existential distress with alcohol temptations and use, drug use, and AIDS-risk behavior. The higher order factor model showed no significant gender differences for parameter estimates across cross-sectional subsamples of 401 female and 201 male college students, and it showed only minor differences (three factor loadings) across longitudinal subsamples of 321 wider community and 224 continuing-education women. Several longitudinal tests demonstrated strong evidence for stability of the higher order factor of Problem Behavior and of each of the four primary factors across a 1-year period, and demonstrated some support for psycho-existential distress preceding the remaining problem behaviors. Copyright © 1999 by Bellwether Publishing, Ltd.
Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research
Harlow, Lisa L., Kimberly J. Mitchell, Sherri N. Fitts, and Susan E. Saxon. "Psycho-existential distress and problem behaviors: Gender, subsample, and longitudinal tests." Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research 4, 2 (1999): 111-138. doi:10.1111/j.1751-9861.1999.tb00059.x.