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Title: Reliability of Adolescent Self-Reported Pretreatment Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Journal: Substance Use and Misuse  Volume:32  Issue:4  Dated:(1997)  Pages:425-434
Author(s): R Stinchfield
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Hamline University
St Paul, MN 55104
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: DA05104; AA08764
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study is a preliminary examination of the reliability of adolescent self-reported pretreatment alcohol and other drug (AOD) use frequency.
Abstract: Assessment of self-reported pretreatment AOD use were conducted at admission and discharge (approximately a 1-month time period) at an adolescent drug misuser treatment program. The sample consisted of 197 male and female adolescents. There were statistically significant increases between admission and discharge assessments of pretreatment AOD use frequency. The greatest discrepancy was found for alcohol use, in which three- fourths (76 percent) of the sample reported a higher level of pretreatment alcohol use frequency at discharge assessment compared to their admission assessment. Over one-third (35 percent) of the sample was found to have a significantly higher level of pretreatment alcohol use frequency at discharge assessment. The cause of this response discrepancy is unknown, but if it represents underreporting at admission, it may cause diagnostic and referral errors, as well as attenuate effect sizes in treatment outcome studies. 1 table, 1 figure, and 18 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Data collections; Research methods; Self-report studies; Underage Drinking
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