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NCJ Number: 156890 Find in a Library
Title: Screening High-Risk Youths for Potential Problems: Field Application in the Use of the Problem Oriented Screening Instrument for Teenagers (POSIT)
Journal: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(1994)  Pages:69-93
Author(s): R Dembo; G Turner; P Borden; J Schmeidler; D Manning
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Dept of Health and Rehabilitative Services
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports the results of using the Problem Oriented Screening Instrument for Teenagers (POSIT) among delinquent youths processed at the Juvenile Assessment Center in Tampa, Florida, during its first month of operation in May, 1993.
Abstract: The POSIT was developed for use among adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19. These preliminary results suggest that, consistent with the literature, high prevalence rates were found in the 10 domains probed by the instrument (i.e., substance use, physical health status, mental health status, family relations, educational status, peer relations, vocational status, social skills, leisure and recreation activities, and aggressive behavior or delinquency). Factor analysis revealed two clusters which correlated in anticipated ways with referral history variables, the youths' self-reported alcohol and marijuana use, and their reported participation in mental health or substance abuse treatment. With the exception of age, sociodemographic variables were not significantly related to the two POSIT factors. 8 tables, 1 note, 25 references, and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Corrections; Florida; Juvenile drug treatment; Juvenile offender statistics; Testing and measurement
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