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Title: Evaluating the Drug-Abusing Probationer: Clinical Interview Versus Self-Administered Assessment
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:23  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1996)  Pages:593-606
Author(s): K M Broome; K Knight; G W Joe; D D Simpson
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA06162
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The relative usefulness of clinical interviews and self-administered assessments of offenders in drug treatment was studied using data from 65 probationers admitted to the Community Restitution and Treatment Center in Fort Worth, Tex. between July and October 1993.
Abstract: The Brief Background Assessment (BBA), an intake instrument, was administered to the participants as both a structured interview and as a self-administered assessment. Participants who entered on even-numbered days first self-administered the form in a small group setting within 3 days of arrival and next completed the form in an interview 7 days later. Those entering on odd-numbered days were first interviewed and then self-administered the form 7 days later. Results revealed high agreement between the two methods of administration across all areas assessed by the BBA. Similarly, responses that did not agree were distributed randomly across the type of administration. Findings suggest that information collected by a self-administered intake assessment such as the BBA provides information similar to that gathered by interview-base intake assessments. Tables and 22 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Criminology; Personal interviews; Probationers; Self evaluation; Texas
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