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Monk, Rebecca L and Heim, Derek and Kuntsche, Emmanuel and Cook, Megan and Labhart, Florian and Qureshi, Adam and Kuntsche, Sandra and Leather, Jessica (2020) Development and first validation of the Refined Alcohol Expectancy Task (RAET). London: Alcohol Change UK.

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Addressing limitations of existing self-report measures of alcohol-related thoughts and behaviours, researchers have begun to measure these pictographically. To date, however, these novel measures have been developed somewhat unsystematically and are predicated on a number of potentially problematic assumptions, meaning that researchers have not been able to assess their reliability or validity fully. This report therefore documents the development of a Refined Alcohol Expectancy Task through (1) selection (2) development and (3) testing of stimuli for inclusion of this pictograph-based tasks. It also provides initial validation data.

Key findings:
• This paper outlines the development and initial validation of a pictorial measure of alcohol-related beliefs, namely the Refined Alcohol Expectancy Task (RAET)
• Participants were equally efficient in recognising the alcoholic and non-alcoholic pictures and could identify the emotions in the pictographic representations
• The RAET has adequate psychometric properties and successfully assesses alcohol expectancies
• Expectancy dimensions assessed by the RAET seemed to be independent of drinking habits


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